• Short Summary

    WITH THE PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL AIRCRAFT, COLONEL JOHN GLENN - FIRST AMERICAN TO ORBIT THE EARTH - FLEW INTO ANDREWS AIR BASE, WASHINGTON, FEB. 26, TO RECEIVE THE ACCLAIM OF THE WORLD CAPITAL FOR HIS HISTORIC FLIGHT THREE-TIMES AROUND THE WORLD ON FEB. 20.

  • Description

    WITH THE PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL AIRCRAFT, COLONEL JOHN GLENN - FIRST AMERICAN TO ORBIT THE EARTH - FLEW INTO ANDREWS AIR BASE, WASHINGTON, FEB. 26, TO RECEIVE THE ACCLAIM OF THE WORLD CAPITAL FOR HIS HISTORIC FLIGHT THREE-TIMES AROUND THE WORLD ON FEB. 20. HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN ACCOMPANIED HIM.

    FROM THE BASE, PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND COLONEL GLENN DROVE TO THE WHITE HOUSE, WHERE THE ASTRONAUT WAS GIVEN SOME DETAILS OF THE TUMULTUOUS WELCOME THAT AWAITED HIM. FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, THE COLONEL WAS TO DRIVE WITH VICE-PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON TO THE CAPITOL BUILDING TO DESCRIBE HIS SPACE-FLIGHT TO A JOINT MEETING OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS. OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE GATES, THEY WERE STOPPED FOR A BRIEF CEREMONY DURING WHICH THE COLONEL WAS GIVEN THE KEY TO THE CITY.

    MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE STOOD IN POURING RAIN AS THE MOTORCADE DROVE DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE TO CAPITOL HILL, PRECEDED BY A U.S. MARINE BAND. SEVENTEEN OTHERS BANDS WERE STATIONED ALONG THE ROUTE. SITTING UP ON THE BACK OF AN OPEN CAR. COLONEL GLENN ACKNOWLEDGED THEIR CHEERS WITH A WIDE SMILE AND A WAVE OF HIS HAND. WASHINGTON'S POLICE CHIEF SAID IT WAS THE BIGGEST CROWD HE HAD SEEN IN THE CAPITAL, EVEN ON PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION DAYS.

    EXTRACTS FROM COLONEL GLENN'S SEVENTEEN-MINUTE SPEECH BEFORE CONGRESS WERE:-
    AND:

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    Film ID:
    VLVADASKC5KMI3O1HQ11FCX903BCZ
    Media URN:
    VLVADASKC5KMI3O1HQ11FCX903BCZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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