• Short Summary

    A young American ferry pilot, Richard Wiese Junior, arrived in Sydney, Australia August 5 in a light, twin-engined Cessna 310-B aircraft from the United States and become the first pilot to fly the Pacific solo.

  • Description

    A young American ferry pilot, Richard Wiese Junior, arrived in Sydney, Australia August 5 in a light, twin-engined Cessna 310-B aircraft from the United States and become the first pilot to fly the Pacific solo. His flying time was 42 1/2 hours at an average ground speed of 190 miles an hour.

    At Sydney Kingsford-Smith airport, Wiese landed his trim-looking cabin aircraft looking fit and bright despite the 7,730-mile flight from San Francisco. (Wiese and his aircraft were filmed August 6 at Bankstown airport, just a few miles from Kingsford-Smith airport.)
    He said, "There was really nothing exciting about my Pacific flight although I flew solo. The automatic pilot 'George' flew the plane most of the way and gave me plenty of time to do the navigating. I guess it was little lonely and occasionally I caught myself talking to myself, possibly just to hear a voice".

    Weise said he carried full emergency equipment including a rubber dinghy, emergency radio and survival kit. For most of the trip his altitude varied between 6000 and 8000 ft.

    Twin-engined Cessna light aircraft of the 310 type have previously been flown across the Pacific from the U.S. to Australia on delivery flights but they always carried a pilot and co-pilot.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7Y3CFBIADQ95J2SH69KW2U49T
    Media URN:
    VLVA7Y3CFBIADQ95J2SH69KW2U49T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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