A DC 3 aircraft from Pretoria flown by Colonel D. Humprhies, Air Attache at the?
A DC 3 aircraft from Pretoria flown by Colonel D. Humprhies, Air Attache at the United States Embassy, lands at Jan Sa???ts Airport. With the Air Attache are Mr and Mrs Hide, secretary of the South African Committee IGY (International Geophysical Year). There also is Mr Eckel, Officer in charge at the U.S. Embassy.
Others in the party on the tarmacs are Dr Snyder, U.S. Information Officer and Mr Robert Cameron. Colonel Humphries children were also there.
All are there to witness the arrival and unloading of the special equipment which will be used to track and record the American satellite now encircling the globe.
The equipment is to be set up at Olifantafontein near Johannesburg over the next two to three weeks, when pictures of the satellite will be regularly available.
South Africa will very likely be the first country in the world to sight the 1958 Alpha at Olifantafontein, the second of a chain of 12 tracking stations to come into operation in various parts of the world. The first is in New Mexico.