• Short Summary

    AN AIRCRAFT, BEING BUILT AT KARATINA BY A MOTOR MECHANIC IN HIS SPARE TIME, IS NOT FOR FROM ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT.

  • Description

    AN AIRCRAFT, BEING BUILT AT KARATINA BY A MOTOR MECHANIC IN HIS SPARE TIME, IS NOT FOR FROM ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT. THE AIRCRAFT, CALLED "KENYA ONE", IS SINGLE-ENGINED AND IS IN ITS FINAL STAGES OF COMPLETION. YESTERDAY (THURSDAY), BUILDER MORRIS TITO GACHAMBA DEMONSTRATED THE ENGINE AND MOVED THE AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND UNDER ITS OWN POWER BEFORE A GROUND OF OUTLOOKERS.

    MR. GACHAMBA HAS SAID THAT HE NEEDS ONLY 600 KENYAN SHILLINGS (APPROXIMATELY GBP35 POUNDS STERLING) TO BE ABLE TO GET "KENYA ONE" AIRBORNE IN LESS THAN A MONTH'S TIME. ALTHOUGH THE WING FRAMES ARE BUILT. HE NEEDS THE MONEY FOR METAL SHEETING TO COVER THEM.

    THE ENGINE OF "KENYA ONE" CAME FROM A WRECKED AIRCRAFT WHICH HAD BEEN LYING IN KENYA'S ABERDARE MOUNTAINS FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS. MR. GACHAMBA USES "SUPER GRADE FUEL" FOR THE ENGINE, HAVING NEVER HEARD OF AVIATION PETROL.

    MR. GACHAMBA HAS ALREADY SELECTED THE SITE FOR "KENYA ONE'S" FIRST FLIGHT. IT WILL BE ABOUT 8 MILES (ABOUT 13 KMS.) FROM WHERE HE IS BUILDING THE AIRCRAFT. THE TOWN COUNCIL OF KARATINA HAS PROMISED MR. GACHAMBA THAT THEY WILL LOAN HIM A TRACTOR TO TOW "KENYA ONE" TO THE FIELD. THEY HAVE ALSO PROMISED TO LEVEL OUT SOME LUMPS ON THE AIRSTRIP.

    THE TOWN COUNCIL IS MAKING ONE OF THE STREETS OF THE TOWNSHIP "KENYA ONE STREET" TO ENCOURAGE FUTURE GENERATIONS TO TRY THEIR HAND AT "NEW INVENTIONS."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5WER5ZFZMDQFYXFDBZ7HB13W5
    Media URN:
    VLVA5WER5ZFZMDQFYXFDBZ7HB13W5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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