• Short Summary

    AMERICAN, BRITISH AND WEST GERMAN AIRMEN WHO HAVE BEEN TESTING BRITAIN'S VERTICAL TAKE-OFF FIGHTER, TAKE KESTREL, GAVE A PUBLIC, DEMONSTRATION FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY (THURSDAY).

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    AMERICAN, BRITISH AND WEST GERMAN AIRMEN WHO HAVE BEEN TESTING BRITAIN'S VERTICAL TAKE-OFF FIGHTER, TAKE KESTREL, GAVE A PUBLIC, DEMONSTRATION FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY (THURSDAY). THE SQUADRON, OF EIGHT AIRCRAFT, HAS BEEN UNDERGOING FLIGHT TESTING AT THE ROYAL AIR FORCE BASE AT WEST RAYNHAM, IN NORFOLK, DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS.

    THE EIGHT AIRCRAFT WENT THROUGH THEIR PACES - HIGH-SPEED RUNS, HOVERING AND TAKE-OFFS - BEFORE A GALLERY OF SERVICE PERSONNEL AND THE PRESS.

    BRITAIN WAS JOINED BY WEST GERMANY AND THE UNITED STATES IN 1962 WHEN NINE KESTRELS WERE ORDERED FOR THE EVALUATION SQUADRON. BRITAIN HOPED THAT THESE JOINT TRIALS MIGHT INFLUENCE HER NATO PARTNERS TO ORDER THE AIRCRAFT, BUT SINCE THE SQUADRON WAS BROUGHT INTO BEING AMERICA AND WEST GERMANY HAVE ANNOUNCED A VTOL PROGRAMMED OF THEIR OWN.

    A RELATIVELY SMALL AIRCRAFT, THE KESTREL IS NOT SUPERSONIC BUT IT HAS CHARACTERISTICS THAT MORE THAN COMPENSATE. IT CAN TAKE OFF FROM ANY RELATIVELY LEVEL PIECE OF GROUND, FLY SIDEWAYS AND BACKWARDS AND HOVER.

    WHEN THE EVALUATION TRIALS ARE COMPLETED A DECISION WILL BE MADE BY THE CO-OPERATION NATIONS WHETHER TO PURCHASE THE AIRCRAFT OR USE THE INFORMATION AND EXPERIENCE AS A BASIS FOR A NEW DESIGN. HOWEVER, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, (WHICH SEVERAL MONTHS AGO ORDERED THE SCRAPPING OF THE SUPERSONIC VTOL P 1154), MAY ORDER 100 KESTRELS FOR THE ROYAL AIR FORCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF3S1HX1Q8U3XPBCV7NZDWMWBG
    Media URN:
    VLVAF3S1HX1Q8U3XPBCV7NZDWMWBG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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