• Short Summary

    THE FIRST MANNED FLIGHT TEST OF THE PARAGLIDER DESIGNED TO BRING THE GEMINI SPACE VEHICLE BACK THROUGH THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE VERY NEARLY ENDED IN TRAGEDY AT EDWARDS AIR BASE IN CALIFORNIA YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

  • Description

    THE FIRST MANNED FLIGHT TEST OF THE PARAGLIDER DESIGNED TO BRING THE GEMINI SPACE VEHICLE BACK THROUGH THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE VERY NEARLY ENDED IN TRAGEDY AT EDWARDS AIR BASE IN CALIFORNIA YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

    THE PARAGLIDER IS DESIGNED TO BE BROUGHT INTO USE AT ABOUT SIXTY THOUSAND FEET AS THE CAPSULE APPROACHES EARTH. YESTERDAY A HELICOPTER TOWED IT TO AN ALTITUDE OF THIRTEEN THOUSAND FEET FROM WHERE THE TEST BEGAN. THE PILOT, SEATED IN THE DUMMY GEMINI SPACE CRAFT, WAS UNABLE TO REGAIN CONTROL AFTER PUTTING THE CRAFT THROUGH A TIGHT LEFT TURN. HE BAILED OUT AND THE GLIDER CRASHED ON TO THE DESERT SANDS BELOW.

    THE PILOT, E.P. HETZEL, SUFFERED A BROKEN RIB AND BRUISES. THE FAILURE OF THE TEST HAS BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO A MECHANICAL FAULT RATHER THAN PILOT ERROR.

    A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA) SAID THAT THE DAMAGE TO THE DUMMY GEMINI VEHICLE USED IN THE TEST WAS NOT EXTENSIVE AND WOULD NOT DELAY THE TWO-MAN GEMINI SPACE PROGRAMME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5W76AJ8DNE84O62B0J7A1GNX8
    Media URN:
    VLVA5W76AJ8DNE84O62B0J7A1GNX8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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