• Short Summary

    Man has long dreamed of flying, Despite modern technology -- which has put man on the moon -- one field of aviation remains almost unconquered.

  • Description

    1.
    SV Man running downhill with glider and crashes.
    0.08

    2.
    SV Another man running with glider and crashing.
    0.13

    3.
    SV Man running with another glider and crashes.
    0.16

    4.
    SV Another man running with glider and crashing.
    0.24

    5.
    SV Another man suspended under glider moving through air.
    0.37

    6.
    SV INT. enthusiasts training on cycling machine.
    0.45

    7.
    SV Man demonstration construction of glider.
    0.50

    8.
    SVS Gliders old and new under construction (3 shots)
    1.07

    9.
    SV Enthusiasts training on cycle machine.
    1.20

    10.
    SV British man-powered qlider being tested in flight. (3 shots)
    1.57


    REPORTER: "The truth is flying to the moon is old hat; the real frontier of flying today is with a handful of purists in hand to hand combat with nature. Leonardo Da Vinci started this kind of thing nearly 500 years ago. These are hang gliders. They use no artificial power to get themselves into the air. But they do need air currents to make them fly. To the purist of the purists that's cheating. These are the serious people. No jumping off cliffs for them. Just muscle power and design ingenuity. This group is in Los Angeles. Another machine is being tested in England and another in Japan. At the Northrup Inst. in LA students are building a machine that will weigh only 70 lbs. Their win is moulded around this from and their 2-man crew develops 8/10s of a horsepower. There's a 25 thou prize for the first group to fly a figure 8 course one mile long non-stop.



    The British machine has only a one man crew. But he has gotten it off the ground."




    Initials VS/22.11 VS/22.59


    This film, compiled by the National Broadcasting Company of America, shows several attempts to do just this -- and qualify for the cash prize which is still unclaimed several years after it was first offered. The film is accompanied by a sound track with English voice-on-film narration and music overlay. A transcript of the narration is provided below for translation purposed, and an alternative WRITTEN commentary appears overpage.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Man has long dreamed of flying, Despite modern technology -- which has put man on the moon -- one field of aviation remains almost unconquered. But enthusiasts all over the world are trying to break this barrier -- by flying a machine on nothing but man-power.

    Gliders don't count, for they need air current to carry them, and are usually towed up anyway. Under the rules to qualify for an international prize of GBP10,000 (sterling), a machine must take off and fly a figure-of-eight course non-stop purely on man-power -- and that means muscle-power. For the only way to do it is fit a propeller powered by chains driven by a man -- or woman -- using a chain drive similar to those on bicycles.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACCTWWSE256XAS5BGV6BJOXD4A
    Media URN:
    VLVACCTWWSE256XAS5BGV6BJOXD4A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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