• Short Summary

    THE DELIBERATE EXPERIMENTAL CRASH THAT WENT WRONG WITH EVEN MORE SPECTACULAR RESULTS - AND PICTURES - THAN THE AUTHORITIES HAD FORESEEN.

  • Description

    THE DELIBERATE EXPERIMENTAL CRASH THAT WENT WRONG WITH EVEN MORE SPECTACULAR RESULTS - AND PICTURES - THAN THE AUTHORITIES HAD FORESEEN. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) AT PHOENIX, ARIZONA, IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES. THE PURPOSE OF THE EXPERIMENT, STAGED BY THE U.S. FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY, WAS TO HELP IN THE DESIGN AND LAY-OUT OF AIRCRAFT SEATS AND SEATING ARRANGEMENTS SEAT BELTS, CARGO 'TIE-DOWN' SYSTEMS, AND FUEL TANKS.

    INSIDE THE PLANE WERE THE FIFTEEN DUMMY HUMAN FIGURES, 20 HIGH SPEED CAMERAS, 82 TEST CIRCUITS AND MUCH ELABORATE EXPERIMENTAL EQUIPMENT FROM THE THREE ARMED SERVICES, THE U.S. NATIONAL SPACE AGENCY AND PRIVATE INDUSTRY.

    THE PLANE, WHICH WAS STARTED BY REMOTE CONTROL, ROARED DOWN THE RUNWAY, WENT COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL, LEAPT SIX FEET INTO THE AIR BEFORE CRASHING INTO A HILL AT 140 MILES-AN-HOUR (225 KMS). ALTHOUGH WAS ONLY CARRYING 20 GALLONS OF FUEL, IT BURST INTO A BALL OF FIRE. PARTS OF THE FUSELAGE AND ITS VALUABLE EQUIPMENT WERE SCATTERED OVER A WIDE AREA, INSTEAD OF FALLING IN RELATIVELY SMALL AND COMPACT AREA AS THE EXPERTS INTENDED.

    THE PROJECT IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE COST SOME GBP50,000 AND IT WILL BE SOMETIME BEFORE THE AUTHORITIES KNOW WHETHER THEY GOT THEIR MONEY'S WORTH. LATER THIS YEAR THEY PLAN TO STATE A REPEAT PERFORMANCE - BUT NOT WITH THIS AIRCRAFT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6S5QFZFKJH8GM686859BGH211
    Media URN:
    VLVA6S5QFZFKJH8GM686859BGH211
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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