• Short Summary

    A HELICOPTER PILOTED BY AN AIR FORCE CAPTAIN ESTABLISHED TODAY (12/9/59) AN UNOFFICIAL WORLD ALTITUDE RECORD FOR ITS CLASS BY CLIMBING TO 30-THOUSAND FEET.

  • Description

    A HELICOPTER PILOTED BY AN AIR FORCE CAPTAIN ESTABLISHED TODAY (12/9/59) AN UNOFFICIAL WORLD ALTITUDE RECORD FOR ITS CLASS BY CLIMBING TO 30-THOUSAND FEET.

    THE KAMAN H-h3B (CQ), A TURBINE-POWERED HELICOPTER FOR CRASH RESCUES, REACHED THE BRIGHT EIGHTY MINUTES AFTER TAKE-OFF FROM THE KAMAN AIRCRAFT CORPORATION'S GROUNDS HERE.

    IT IS NOT THE HIGHEST ALTITUDE REACHED BY ALL HELICOPTERS, HOWEVER. A FRENCH TURBINE-POWERED ALOUETTE (DQ) HAS REACHED 36-THOUSAND FEET. UNDER REGULATIONS ESTABLISHED BY THE INTERNATIONAL AERONAUTICAL FEDERATION, THE CLASS RECORD UNOFFICIALLY ESTABLISHED TODAY INVOLVES "ROTOR PLANES" WEIGHING 3,850 (thirty-eight-hundred and fifty) TO 6,614 (sixty-six-hundred and fourteen) POUNDS GROSS.

    A KAMAN SPOKESMAN SAID THE FRENCH HELICOPTER WEIGHED WELL UNDER THREE-THOUSAND POUNDS.

    PILOTING THE HELICOPTER WAS CAPT. WALTER J. HODGSON (CQ), VETERAN AIR FORCE RESCUE PILOT WHO IS STATIONED AT THE FLIGHT TEST CENTRE AT EDWARDS AIR FORDS BASE, CALIFORNIA (CQ). THE CO-PILOT WAS AIR FORCE MAJ. WILLIAM J. DAVIS (CQ), PROJECT OFFICERS ON THE H-43B DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.

    THE RECORD IS FAR HIGHER THEN THE ONE ESTABLISHED BY A RUSSIAN M1-1 (CQ) PISTON-ENGINE HELICOPTER LAST MARCH 12. ITS ALTITUDE WAS 21,932 (twenty-one-thousand -- nine-hundred and thirty-two) FEET.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9DBM8YRMTCEIJJ9LYWJ71W04D
    Media URN:
    VLVA9DBM8YRMTCEIJJ9LYWJ71W04D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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