• Short Summary

    BALLOONISTS FROM NINE COUNTRIES HAVE GATHERED THIS WEEK AT MURREN IN SWITZERLAND FOR THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL HIGH ALPINE BALLOONING WEEK.

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    BALLOONISTS FROM NINE COUNTRIES HAVE GATHERED THIS WEEK AT MURREN IN SWITZERLAND FOR THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL HIGH ALPINE BALLOONING WEEK. THERE WERE EXPECTED TO BE ABOUT 16 BALLOON FLIGHTS, IN FOUR GROUPS, DURING THE WEEK, BUT THE SPORT IS SO DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS THAT PLANS HAVE TO BE ALTERED ALMOST HOURLY TO FIT THE VAGARIES OF THE ALPINE WINDS. WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE SO BAD EARLIER IN THE WEEK THAT THE FIRST START POSSIBLE WAS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) -- THREE DAYS LATER THAN SCHEDULED -- WHEN OUR CAMERAMAN TOOK THESE PICTURES.

    THE MOST SUITABLE CONDITIONS FOR BALLOONING ARE NORMALLY IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING JUST ON SUNRISE. BUT YESTERDAY GOOD CONDITIONS CAME SOMEWHAT LATER AND IT WAS 11.30 IN THE MORNING WHEN THE FIRST FIVE BALLOONS CLIMBED SILENTLY INTO THE SKY. AN HOUR LATER TWO MORE BALLOONS TOOK OFF.

    WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FRENCH PILOT, M. PIERRE LADEVEZE, ALL THE BALLOONISTS WERE VETERANS OF THE ALPINE CROSSING. ONE OF YESTERDAY'S PILOTS WAS A HOUSEWIFE, MRS. NINI BOESMAN FROM HOLLAND. SHE'S ONE OF TWO WOMEN COMPETITORS.

    THE BALLOONISTS COMPETE FOR A PRIZE OF 3,000 SWISS FRANCS (ABOUT GBP250), WHICH IS AWARDED BY A JURY TO THE PILOT WHO BRINGS BACK THE BEST REPORT AND OBSERVATIONS ON THE FLIGHT AFTER MAKING A SAFE LANDING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ALPS. FOR A SAFE LANDING THE BALLOONISTS MUST RECKON ON TRAVELLING ABOUT 90 MILES (145 KILOMETRES) AND MUST CROSS SOME OF EUROPE'S HIGHEST MOUNTAINS TO ITALY AND AUSTRALIA NEEDING AN ALTITUDE OF 16,000 FEET (4,876 METRES). THE JOURNEY, DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS, TAKES BETWEEN FIVE AND TEN HOURS.

    IN SPITE OF THE DELAYS AND THE DISAPPOINTMENTS, MURREN'S BALL ON WEEK, IS GREATLY ENJOYED BY THE BALLOON ENTHUSIASTS. FOR IT'S NOT ONLY A COMPETITION, WITH A NOMINAL PRIZE, IT'S A GATHERING WHERE BALLOONISTS CAN TALK OF THEIR EXPERIENCE AROUND THE WORLD.

    (THERE ARE BELIEVED TO BE ABOUT 60 BALLOONS AVAILABLE FOR THE SPORT IN THE WORLD TODAY. BALLOONS COST NOT LESS THAN GBP2,500 AND AN AVERAGE FILL OF HYDROGEN GAS IS ABOUT GBP25. THE DIFFICULTIES OF BRINGING THE HYDROGEN UP FROM THE VALLEY TO MURREN, HOWEVER, MEANS THAT THE FIGURE FOR A SINGLE FILLING RISES TO ABOUT GBP200).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8J0OCEZC6S4YTI76I28C252UE
    Media URN:
    VLVA8J0OCEZC6S4YTI76I28C252UE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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