• Short Summary

    THE OLDEST AERIAL SPORT IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE TODAY. IT'S BALLOON FLYING, AND SCORES?

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    THE OLDEST AERIAL SPORT IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE TODAY. IT'S BALLOON FLYING, AND SCORES OF ENTHUSIASTS FROM MANY NATIONS ARE MEETING IN SWITZERLAND NOW TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE LATEST ASPECTS OF THIS PASTIME.

    AND, AT THE SAME TIME, THEY ARE TAKING TIME OFF TO TAKE THEIR GAS-FILLED MONSTERS ON FLIGHTS HIGH OVER THE ALPS TO TOWNS IN OTHER PARTS OF SWITZERLAND, AUSTRALIA AND NORTHERN ITALY.

    THEY ARE ATTENDING THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL ALPINE BALLOON WEEK IN THE PRETTY BERNESE OBERLAND RESORT OF MURREN. CONDITIONS WERE IDEAL YESTERDAY MORNING (MONDAY) TO BEGIN TRIALS.

    THE FLIGHTS ARE RESTRICTED TO MORNINGS AND LATE AFTERNOONS AS THE MIDDAY SUN TOO OFTEN BRINGS UNSETTLED THERMAL CONDITIONS.

    IT'S A SPORT WHICH REQUIRES GREAT PATIENCE, FOR THE BALLOON'S COURSE IS DICTATED LARGELY BY NATURE ITSELF. IF THE WINDS ARE BLOWING THE WRONG WAY, THERE'S NOTHING THE PILOT CAN DO ABOUT IT EXCEPT TO SLOW THE DRIFT BY DEFLATING THE BALLOON.

    AND IT'S A SPORT WHICH REQUIRES LONG TRAINING. IT CAN TAKE UP TO THREE YEARS BEFORE A PILOT CAN GET A LICENCE TO FLY SOLO. PILOTS AGED UP TO 80 HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO FLY SOLO.

    THE SPORT DATES BACK TO THE LATE 18TH CENTURY WHEN A GROUP OF FRENCHMEN LAUNCHED THE WORLD'S FIRST BIG BALLOON. SINCE THEN, BALLOONS HAVE BEEN USED IN WAR, TO FLY PASSENGERS, AND TO CARRY FREIGHT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9PFD36ZJ241RGJPP9A8OKOEPR
    Media URN:
    VLVA9PFD36ZJ241RGJPP9A8OKOEPR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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