• Short Summary

    ON SHOW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WEST GERMANY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WAS THE PROTOTYPE OF VICKERS-ARMSTRONG'S NEW HOVERCRAFT - THE 'VA-2'.

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    ON SHOW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WEST GERMANY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WAS THE PROTOTYPE OF VICKERS-ARMSTRONG'S NEW HOVERCRAFT - THE 'VA-2'.BEFORE A GROUP OF HIGH RANKING NATO OFFICERS AT DONAU, IN BAVARIA, THE AIR-CUSHIONED CRAFT WAS PUT THROUGH ITS PACES AS A TROOP-CARRIER.

    CONSTRUCTED OF WOOD AND FIBRE-GLASS THE VA-2 IS POWERED BY TWO SMALL AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ONE FOR LIFT AND ONE FOR PROPULSION.DURING ITS EXTENSIVE TEST PROGRAMME, THE RESEARCH VEHICLE HAS BEEN INCREASED IN WEIGHT FROM 3,300 LBS TO 5,750 LBS.SPEEDS OF UP TO 40 KNOTS HAVE BEEN REACHED.

    THE VA-2 SEATS A DRIVER AND FOUR PASSENGERS AND IS EQUIPPED WITH DUAL CONTROLS.IT CAN BE STRIPPED FOR EASY MOVEMENT TO DISTANT PLACES, THE SIDE-DUCTING, PROPULSION ENGINE UNIT, AND FIN AND RUDDER ASSEMBLIES BEING READILY DETACHABLE.WHEN STRIPPED ITS WIDTH IS EIGHT FEET.

    THE BRITISH FIRM OF VICKERS HAVE PROJECTED, DESIGNED, MANUFACTURED AND OPERATED A RANGE OF AIR CUSHIONED VEHICLES SINCE 1959.HOVERCRAFT ARE FAST, OVER-WATER CRAFT WITH AN AMPHIBIOUS CAPABILITY, AND THEY'RE INTENDED FOR BOTH CIVIL AND MILITARY PURPOSES.THEY CAN MOVE QUITE SIMPLY BETWEEN LAND AND WATER AND, BEING FREE OF CONTACT WITH THE SURFACE, CAN OPERATE OVER BEACHES, TIDAL MUD FLATS AND SHALLOWS, AS WELL AS BEING ABLE TO TRAVEL AT SPEEDS OF 50-80 KNOTS OVER WATER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEBO79XO5TZ7DOS9A5TXLLK18E
    Media URN:
    VLVAEBO79XO5TZ7DOS9A5TXLLK18E
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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