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    LOPBURI PROVINCE, THAILAND

    INTRODUCTION: The Crown Prince of Thailand has led four Generals and a Vice-Admiral in the first parachute jump from a sky balloon, ever made in Thailand.

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    1. GV Thai special forces doing-flair jumps. (3 SHOTS) 0.20
    2. SV Balloon and basket. (2 SHOTS) 0.27
    3. SCU Thai Crown Prince (tallest man) donning parachute. 0.55
    4. CU General enters basket. 1.00
    5. CU Crown Prince enters basket with other Generals. 1.13
    6. SV & CU People watch as Crown Prince stands in basket. (2 SHOTS) 1.20
    7. LV & SV Basket ascends. (3 SHOTS) 1.32
    8. SV & GV Prince descends. (2 SHOTS) 1.41
    9. CU & PAN Prince walks away from landing site. 1.49
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    Background: LOPBURI PROVINCE, THAILAND

    INTRODUCTION: The Crown Prince of Thailand has led four Generals and a Vice-Admiral in the first parachute jump from a sky balloon, ever made in Thailand. His Royal Highness Vajiralongkorn and the senior officers rode in the balloon to a height of 305-metres (1,000 feet) and jumped from the attached basket over the special forces warfare centre in Lopburi province.

    SYNOPSIS: The British-made balloon is attached to ta hydraulic winch that can send it to a height of over 15-hundred metres (5,000 feet). This type of system enables the Thai army to train parachutists for about one-third the normal cost.

    The helium filled balloons cost about 400,000 dollars each. Thailand has bought two for military training.

    Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, the tallest of the group, is 29. The youngest of the three royal children, he is the King and Queen's only son. A man of action, the Prince is a keen sportsman and keeps himself fit. He was a willing volunteer to lead the inaugural jump from the balloon. The Crown Prince was educated in England and is a graduate of the Australian Military Academy.

    Four army Generals and the vice-Admiral commanding the marine corps joined the heir-to-the-throne for the exercise. Thailand is now the third country using the hydraulic winch balloons, other nations are interested in the system.

    The ascent id controlled from the ground and once the balloon reaches 305-metres (1,000 feet) the parachutists are ready of the jump. This height is considered a safe one, allowing ample time for the parachute to open, after being activated by a static line.

    The Crown Prince, who has done his military training at counter-insurgency patrols has now become Thailand's first balloon parachutist.

    Source: REUTERS - GARY BURNS

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    Film ID:
    VLVACKKATTVVBWDB2IVG7SGP5RHD1
    Media URN:
    VLVACKKATTVVBWDB2IVG7SGP5RHD1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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