• Short Summary

    JAPAN'S FIRST MAN-POWERED AIRCRAFT LIFTED OFF THE GROUND YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) AND FLEW FOR ABOUT THIRTY FEET (NINE METRES).

  • Description

    JAPAN'S FIRST MAN-POWERED AIRCRAFT LIFTED OFF THE GROUND YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) AND FLEW FOR ABOUT THIRTY FEET (NINE METRES). IT WAS DRIVEN BY PEDALS, OPERATED BY A NIPPON UNIVERSITY STUDENT.

    THE PLANE, CHRISTENED "LINNET", WAS LIFTED ABOUT THREE FEET (ONE METRE) FROM THE GROUND AFTER STUDENT MUNETAKA OKAMIYA, AGED 22, HAD PEDALLED FOR ABOUT 150 YARDS (147 METRES). IT HAD BEEN HOPED THAT THE LIFT-OFF WOULD BE TO ABOUT 6 1/2 FEET (TWO METRES).

    THE AIRCRAFT FLEW TWICE, BUT ON THE THIRD ATTEMPT IT CRASHED AND THE REAR WHEEL WAS BROKEN. TESTS WERE SUSPENDED. IT IS HOPED TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THE PLANE OF THE GROUND FOR A DISTANCE OF ABOUT HALF A MILE (ONE KILOMETRE) IN FUTURE TEST FLIGHTS -- THOUGH, BECAUSE OF THE DESIGN, IT IS UNLIKELY THAT THE AIRCRAFT WILL LIFT TO HIGHER THAN 6 1/2 FEET.

    PILOT OKAMIYA TRAINED FOR SIX MONTHS, MARATHON RUNNING AND CYCLING, TO BE FIT FOR THE TEST FLIGHT. TO MAKE THE FLIGHT, HE HAD TO STRETCH OUT ALMOST FLAT ON HIS BACK IN THE OPEN COCKPIT TO OPERATE THE PEDALS, WHICH TURNED PROPELLORS FITTED TO THE REAR OF THE AIRCRAFT.

    THE PROJECT WAS ARRANGED BY PROFESSOR KIMURA, OF NIPPON UNIVERSITY, AFTER HE HAD SEEN AN ATTEMPT AT MAN-POWERED FLIGHT IN BRITAIN THREE YEARS AGO. CONSTRUCTION BEGAN LAST SEPTEMBER.

    THE AIRCRAFT HAS A 72 FEET (22 METRES) WINGSPAN, AND IS 19 FEET (5.9 METRES) AND LONG AND 13 FT (4 METRES) HIGH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACBYPRMUHLLPD46LAL5ZGH2X8F
    Media URN:
    VLVACBYPRMUHLLPD46LAL5ZGH2X8F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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