The stately homes of England aren't what they were. Thousands of people each year pay?
The stately homes of England aren't what they were. Thousands of people each year pay half-a-crown to see how the aristocracy lived two hundred years ago. Foremost among these showmen-dukes is the Duke of Bedford. Last year he entertained members of an international nudist association. Sunday, May 11, VISNEWS filmed at his Woburn, UK, estate, as the Duke stole a march on his blue-blood rivals by staging the first international helicopter rally.
The Duke arrived at the venue on his estate by helicopter and formally inaugurated the rally. From then on all types and sizes of helicopters were put through their paces.
The Army Air Corps gave a tactical support demonstration; an air crane illustrated how parking problems might be overcome, by lifting a car; Miss Diane Barnes, 21, youngest rotary-wing pilot in Britain, demonstrated a gyro-glider, towed by a car, which can be built from a kit costing less than GBP100; a veteran, 1934 Cierva rotorplane, was piloted by Norman Hill, pioneer helicopter pilot; and the show wound up with a fly-past of thirteen helicopters.