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    THE BRITISH MINISTER FOR AVIATION, MR. ROY JENKINS, TODAY (SATURDAY) OPENED THE 1965 WORLD GLIDING?

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    THE BRITISH MINISTER FOR AVIATION, MR. ROY JENKINS, TODAY (SATURDAY) OPENED THE 1965 WORLD GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS. EIGHTY-SIX PILOTS AND THEIR CREWS, REPRESENTING 28 NATIONS, ARE COMPETING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, ONE OF THE LARGEST INTERNATIONAL SPORTING FLYING MEETINGS EVER HELD.

    THE CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BEGIN IN EARNEST TOMORROW WITH THE START OF THE MAJOR EVENTS.

    THE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS YEAR HAVE A UNIQUE FLAVOUR -- THE DIRECTOR IS A WOMAN, MRS. ANNE WELCH, THE FIRST WOMAN TO RUN THE WORLD EVENT.

    EAST GERMAN FLIERS WERE ABSENT AT TODAY'S OPENING ALTHOUGH TWO PILOTS HAD BEEN ENTERED. THEY WERE UNABLE TO OBTAIN VISAS TO ENTER BRITAIN AS AN OFFICIAL EAST GERMAN TEAM, AND WERE OFFERED PARTICIPATION AS A JOINT TEAM WITH FOUR WEST GERMAN PILOTS -- SIMILAR TO ARRANGEMENTS ADOPTED AT THE LAST OLYMPIC GAMES. HOWEVER, THE EAST GERMANS REJECTED THIS OFFER AND ANOTHER OFFER TO COMPLETE INDIVIDUALLY.

    AMONG THE EAST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES REPRESENTED IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE THE SOVIET UNION, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, YUGOSLAVIA, HUNGARY AND POLAND.

    THE EXISTING WORLD CHAMPIONS ARE EDWARD MAKULA, OF POLAND, AND THE WEST GERMAN HEINZ HUTH. DURING THE PAST WEEK MANY OF THE FLIERS HAVE BEEN GETTING IN SOME PRACTICE IN THE AIR CURRENTS AT SOUTH CERNEY IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE, AND IN OTHER PARTS OF ENGLAND. THERE ARE TWO CLASSES -- UNRESTRICTED OPEN AND FIFTEEN METRE STANDARD. HUTH IS REIGNING CHAMPION IN THE STANDARD CLASS, AND MAKULA IS CHAMPION IN THE OPEN CLASS.

    A DISPLAY WAS STAGED BY JET POWERED AIRCRAFT OF THE FAMOUS RED ARROW SQUADRON OF THE SQUADRON OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE. A DISPLAY BY GLIDERS WAS TO HAVE BEEN HELD BUT THIS WAS CURTAILED BY UNFAVOURABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5IJ2GN9ZT3TIYO7TP5B9ZT28C
    Media URN:
    VLVA5IJ2GN9ZT3TIYO7TP5B9ZT28C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:55:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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