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    KANSAS CITY, KAN., DEC. 5 (AP) - JIM BEDE SAYS HE IS GOING TO FLY SOLO AROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT LANDING OR TAKING ON FUEL.

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    KANSAS CITY, KAN., DEC. 5 (AP) - JIM BEDE SAYS HE IS GOING TO FLY SOLO AROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT LANDING OR TAKING ON FUEL.

    THE 33-YEAR-OLD AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER FROM CLEVELAND, OHIO, OUTLINED PLANS FOR HIS FLIGHT AT THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER OF THE KANSAS AND MISSOURI CHAPTERS OF THE EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION DURING THE WEEKEND.

    BEDE IS HAVING A SPECIAL PLANE BUILT IN WICHITA, KAN., THAT LOOKS LIKE A GLIDER. ITS WINGSPAN OF 53 FEET IS MORE THAN TWICE THE 27-FOOT LENGTH OF THE FUSELAGE.

    IT WEIGHTS ONLY 1,725 POUNDS BUT CAN CARRY TWICE THAT WEIGHT IN FUEL. THERE ARE FEW SAILPLANES WITH BETTER GLIDING CAPACITY, BEDE SAID.

    "THERE ARE TWO IMPORTANT FEATURES ON THE PLANE," BEDE SAID.

    "ONE IS THE HIGH LIFT TO DRAG RATIO. WE ACHIEVE THIS BY USING A VERY LONG, NARROW WING. THE AIRPLANE HAS VERY LITTLE DRAG FOR ITS WEIGHT. AND BY KEEPING THE WEIGHT DOWN, I CAN CARRY MORE GAS.

    THE CRAFT HAS A SIX-CYLINDER, 210-HORSEPOWER ENGINE.

    BEDE FIGURES THE FLIGHT WILL TAKE 150 HOURS--ABOUT SIX DAYS. TO GET READY FOR IT, TWO WEEKS BEFORE TAKEOFF HE PLANS TO PRACTICE SLEEPING ONLY A COUPLE OF HOURS AT A TIME.

    AN AUTOMATIC PILOT WILL CONTROL THE PLANE WHILE HE SLEEPS. EVER IF SOMETHING WENT WRONG IT WOULD TAKE THE LONG-WINGED CRAFT 90 MINUTES TO REACH THE GROUND FROM 20,000 FEET AND HE WOULD BE AWAKE BY THEM, HE FIGURES.

    "THIS WHOLE THING IS A PRIVATE VENTURE," BEDE SAID, "BUT THE MANUFACTURERS HAVE GIVEN ME ASSISTANCE. SOME COMPONENTS HAVE BEEN DONATED, BUT THE TECHNICAL ADVICE IS WHAT I'VE APPRECIATED THE MOST."
    HE HAS TALKED TO ASTRONAUTS AND DOCTORS AT THE HOUSTON SPACECRAFT CENTER.

    "THEY TOLD ME THAT FOOD HAD BEEN NO PROBLEM ON THEIR FLIGHTS, BUT WATER WAS," BEDE SAID. "THE DOCTORS SAID I SHOULD DRINK AT LEAST HALF A GALLON OF WATER A DAY, BUT I'M TAKING ALONG A GALLON FOR EACH DAY."
    BEDE GRADUATED FROM WICHITA UNIVERSITY IN 1957, WORKED FOR NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION CORP., THEN FORMED HIS OWN BUSINESS IN CLEVELAND IN 1961.

    HE SAID HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN HAVE SECOND ADJUSTED TO THE IDEA OF THE ???
    "UNFORTUNATELY IN AMERICAN WE'VE GOTTEN USED TO THINKING THAT THINGS OF THIS SORT CAN'T BE DONE WITHOUT SPINNING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OR HAVING VAST GOVERNMENT SUPPORT, BUT THIS SHOWS THAT THE INDIVIDUAL CAN STILL DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT," HE SAID.

    SYNOPSIS: Some fact you might need:
    Jim Bede is the President of the Bede manufacturing Co in Cleveland. They are builders of the Bede I..a plane that will sell for about $2500..with standard equipment. The Javel in Aircraft Co, headed by Dave Blanton, has specialized for many years in modification of planes and the installation of additional fuel tanks for record flights. Blanton has also built a number of gliders.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC7BRCE61MBJH92O9TTKZC8OEM
    Media URN:
    VLVAC7BRCE61MBJH92O9TTKZC8OEM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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