• Short Summary

    TWO UNUSUAL BRITISH EXPERIMENTS IN FLIGHT - THE FIRST, FARMING ON AN AIR CUSHION, THE SECOND, FLYING A 'GHOST WING' PLANE.

  • Description

    TWO UNUSUAL BRITISH EXPERIMENTS IN FLIGHT - THE FIRST, FARMING ON AN AIR CUSHION, THE SECOND, FLYING A 'GHOST WING' PLANE.

    ON THE FARM...THIS HOVERTRUCK COULD MEAN ROUND-THE-YEAR FARMING IN COMFORT.COSTING GBP3560 WITH ITS SPRAYING EQUIPMENT, THE HOVERTRUCK WORKS ON THE HOVERCRAFT PRINCIPLE ALTHOUGH IT HAS FOUR WHEELS LIKE AN ORTHODOX VEHICLE.

    A SEPARATE ENGINE ON THE BACK OF THE TRUCK DRIVES FANS ON EITHER SIDE.THIS CREATES AN AIR CUSHION THAT CAN SUPPORT UP TO THREE-QUARTERS OF THE WEIGHT OF THE TRUCK.THE TRUCK DEMONSTRATED ITS ABILITY TO SPRAY ON THE MUDDIEST OR SOFTEST FIELDS AT SPEEDS UP TO 15 MILES AN HOUR WHERE OTHER TYPES OF FARM MACHINERY WOULD FIND IT DIFFICULT TO OPERATE AT ALL.

    ANOTHER ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW TRUCK IS THAT IT LEAVES ONLY SMALL WHEEL IMPRESSIONS AND SO DOES LITTLE DAMAGE TO GROWING CROPS.BRITAIN IS THE FIRST COUNTRY TO SHOW THE PRACTICAL USE OF FLYING FARM MACHINERY AND THERE SHOULD BE GOOD EXPORT POSSIBILITIES FOR IT.

    BRITAIN'S LATEST RESEARCH PLANE - MAKING ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) WITH A 'GHOST WING.' IT'S THE HUNTING 126 AND SPRAYS JETS OF AIP FROM VENTS ALONG THE REAR OF ITS OWN WING -- TO GIVE THE PLANE AN EXTRA WING.

    IT PROVIDES MORE LIFT AND MAKES SLOWER TAKE-OFF AND LANDING SPEEDS POSSIBLE.IT COULD MAKE FLYING SAFER.FOR INSTANCE, THE 160 MILES AN HOUR LANDING SPEED OF A JET LINER COULD BE HALVED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAM47AC83W1P2DI91MQ1E91995
    Media URN:
    VLVAAM47AC83W1P2DI91MQ1E91995
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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