• Short Summary

    A Lattian strongman with the urge to fly like Icarus on home-made wings failed disastrously on Thursday (December 3) when his wings snapped immediately after take-off.

  • Description

    A Lattian strongman with the urge to fly like Icarus on home-made wings failed disastrously on Thursday (December 3) when his wings snapped immediately after take-off.

    He jumped from the roof of a supermarket above the river Nene at Peterborough, in central England, and plunged into the water below.

    Forty-four year-old Walter Cornelius, latest in a long line of aspirant birdmen, looked confident and physically up to the job as the strapped on his home-made wings - made of wood, hard-board and elastic and prepared to fly across the river.

    As a huge crowd watched from the bridge, he began his take-off run 30 feet (9 metres) above the water. A boat waited below, in case of failure.

    Failure it was, and back to the drawing-board with a cut nose and a broken wing. Cornelius was otherwise unhurt and undaunted. He says he will try again.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA665Q00U5Y5QAG74MUM5Y1L2RO
    Media URN:
    VLVA665Q00U5Y5QAG74MUM5Y1L2RO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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