• Short Summary

    THE FLAGS OF 24 NATIONS FLEW OVER THE SMALL NEW ENGLAND TOWN OF ORANGE, MASSACHUSETTS, AUG 12 AS THE WORLD'S FINEST MEN AND WOMEN PARACHUTISTS PARADED IN TEAMS FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SIXTH WORLD SPORT PARACHUTING CHAMPIONSHIPS.

  • Description

    THE FLAGS OF 24 NATIONS FLEW OVER THE SMALL NEW ENGLAND TOWN OF ORANGE, MASSACHUSETTS, AUG 12 AS THE WORLD'S FINEST MEN AND WOMEN PARACHUTISTS PARADED IN TEAMS FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SIXTH WORLD SPORT PARACHUTING CHAMPIONSHIPS.

    FILM SHOT FROM THE GROUND AND AIR OF PRELIMINARY JUMPS THAT DAY SHOWS SOMETHING OF THE COOL NERVE AND SPLIT-SECOND TIMING EMPLOYED BY BRITISH (IN WHITE HELMETS) AND RUMANIAN TEAMS DURING THE STYLE AND ACCURATE LANDING EVENTS. FOR THE ACCURATE LANDING, THE COMPETITORS HAVE TO MANOEUVRE ONTO A LARGE CROSS PAINTED IN THE CENTRE OF THE SPECIALLY BUILT PARA-THEATRE.

    IN THE STYLE EVENT THE PARACHUTIST MAKES DELAYED FALLS FROM 6,600 FEET AND HURTLES DOWN AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 120 MILES AN HOUR. DURING THE DROP THE COMPETITOR EXECUTES MANOEUVRE SEQUENCES OF 360-DEGREE TURNS AND BACK LOOPS AS FAST AND AS SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE WITHIN 20 SECONDS. THE JUMPER IS AWARDED 200 POINTS AS HE ENTERS THE AIRCRAFT. POINTS ARE THEN DEDUCTED FOR MISTIMING, FAILURE TO COMPLETE TURNS, AND LOOPS, AND LOSS OF CONTROL.

    POINTS IN THE CONTEST WILL BE AWARDED FOR INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM JUMPS. THREE INDIVIDUAL AND TWO TEAM EVENTS ARE PLANNED IN BOTH THE MEN'S AND WOMEN'S DIVISIONS. INDIVIDUAL JUMPS INCLUDE ONE ACCURACY JUMP, ONE DELAYED OPENING AND ACCURACY JUMP, AND ONE PURE STYLE JUMP. EACH MALE CONTESTANT WILL HAVE MADE AT LEAST 18 COMPETITIVE JUMPS, AND THE WOMEN 14 JUMPS, BY THE TIME THE CHAMPIONSHIPS END ON SEPT. 3.

    COUNTRIES COMPETING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE: AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BULGARIA, CANADA, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, ENGLAND, WEST GERMANY, INDIA, IRELAND, ISRAEL, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, HOLLAND, NEW ZEALAND, POLAND, RUMANIA, RUSSIA, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND, THE UNITED STATES, YUGOSLAVIA AND SOUTH AFRICA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5VPE2LQRKXLB5C822ETE9ML39
    Media URN:
    VLVA5VPE2LQRKXLB5C822ETE9ML39
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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