• Short Summary

    FRANCE'S VERTICAL TAKE-OFF JET, THE "BALZAC", CRASHED TODAY (FRIDAY) NEAR PARIS, KILLING THE PILOT -- IN THE FINAL STAGES OF ITS TESTING AS A POSSIBLE NATO FIGHTER.

  • Description

    1.
    SV PLANE ON GROUND
    0.05

    2.
    LV PLANE TAKING OFF
    0.15

    3.
    SV PLANE TOWARDS IN AIR
    0.21

    4.
    LV PLANE IN FLIGHT
    0.26

    5.
    GV PLANE IN AIR
    0.31

    6.
    LV PLANE IN FLIGHT
    0.37

    7.
    LV PLANE LANDS
    0.48



    Initials IT/O/JF/SGM


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    Background: FRANCE'S VERTICAL TAKE-OFF JET, THE "BALZAC", CRASHED TODAY (FRIDAY) NEAR PARIS, KILLING THE PILOT -- IN THE FINAL STAGES OF ITS TESTING AS A POSSIBLE NATO FIGHTER. EYE-WITNESSES SAID THE PILOT, WHO DID NOT OPERATE HIS EJECTOR SEAT, STAYED AT THE CONTROLS. HE APPEARED TO SLOW DOWN ITS DESCENT BUT, AFTER REACHING ABOUT 300 FEET (100 METRES), PLANE PLUMMETED DOWN TO CRASH IN FLAMES.

    THE "BALZAC" -- WHICH VISNEWS FILM SHOW MAKING ONE OF ITS FIRST FLIGHTS IN NOVEMBER, 1962 -- WAS BEING DEVELOPED AS PART OF THE WELL-KNOWN MIRAGE SERIES. IT WAS DESIGNED FOR ATTACK AND RECONNAISSANCE AT LOW-ALTITUDE SPEEDS OF UP TO 745 M.P.H.(1127 K.P.J.) WITH A TOP SPEED OF MORE THAN TWICE THE SPEED OF SOUND AT HIGH ALTITUDE.

    BUILT BY THE DASSAULT COMPANY, THE PLANE IS POWERED BY A FRENCH-MADE TF-106 JET FOR HORIZONTAL FLIGHT WITH EIGHT BRITISH ROLLS ROYCE RB-162 JET ENGINES FOR VERTICAL LIFT.

    TODAY'S CRASH CAME ONLY SIX MONTHS AFTER THE LOSS OF ONE OF BRITAIN'S HAWKER P-1127 VERTICAL TAKE-OFF PLANES AT THE PARIS AIR SHOW. THE "BALZAC" HAD BEEN COMPETING WITH THE HAWKER FOR BIG NATO ORDERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8DC5L715489GOZ8XXOB4VDD24
    Media URN:
    VLVA8DC5L715489GOZ8XXOB4VDD24
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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