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.
LS Cessna comes into land at Bankstown airport.
CA Two watchers.
4 1/2 ft
LS Aircraft lands.
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MS Aircraft taxis.
15 1/2 ft
LS Batman calls up aircraft.
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CU Wiese leaves cabin.
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MS Walks from plane, shakes hands.
MS Nose and wing.
MS Wiese with reporter.
SOF BEGINS: "Mr. Wiese when did you realise......"
SOF ENDS: "...... I had very little desire to go to sleep."
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Background: 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.