• Short Summary

    SEVENTY COMPETITORS FROM 23 COUNTRIES ARE TAKING PART IN THE NINTH WORLD GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE ARGENTINE.

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    SEVENTY COMPETITORS FROM 23 COUNTRIES ARE TAKING PART IN THE NINTH WORLD GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE ARGENTINE. THEY ARE BEING HELD AT JUNIN, AN AIRFIELD 165 MILES WEST OF BUENOS AIRES, FROM FEBRUARY 10 TO 24.

    THE STARTERS COME FROM AS FAR AWAY AS EUROPE, JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA. IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST ENTRIES SINCE THE FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT WASSERKUPPE, IN GERMANY, IN 1937. THE CHILEAN ENTRANTS DISPLAYED A NEAT PIECE OF "ONE-UPMANSHIP" BY AERO-TOWING THEIR TWO GLIDERS OVER THE ANDES.

    COMPETITORS ARE EXPECTED TO PERFORM AT LEAST FOUR DIFFERENT TESTS, INVOLVING DISTANCE, RETURN RUNS AND TRIANGULAR COURSES. POINTS ARE AWARDED BY EVALUATING SPEED AND DISTANCE. THERE ARE TWO CLASSES IN THE COMPETITION: OPEN AND STANDARD.

    SOME 80 AIRCRAFT HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO ASSIST PILOTS AND GLIDERS. SIXTY OF THESE HAVE BEEN DETAILED EXCLUSIVELY FOR RETRIEVING. APART FROM THE COMPETITIVE INTEREST OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP, FANS ARE WATCHING CLOSELY THE BEHAVIOUR OF NEW, OUTSTANDING GLIDERS.

    THE CHAMPIONSHIPS GOT UNDER WAY IN UNSETTLED WEATHER AND TWO DAYS WERE LOST THROUGH TURBULENCE AND OTHER ERRATIC THERMAL CONDITIONS. ON ONE OF THE DAYS, ONLY ONE PILOT MANAGED TO COMPLETE THE COURSE. HE WAS A YOUNG DANE, ID BRAES, WITH ONLY SEVEN YEARS EXPERIENCE -- A YOUNGSTER AGAINST HIS VETERAN RIVALS. HOWEVER, IT TURNED OUT TO BE A HOLLOW VICTORY. THE RACE WAS DECLARED A "NO CONTEST".

    THE WEATHER LATER IMPROVED AND COMPETITORS HAD TO COMPLETE IN HEATWAVE CONDITIONS.

    NATIONS COMPETING ARE, WEST GERMANY, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHILE, DENMARK, SPAIN, THE UNITED STATES, FINLAND, FRANCE, BRITAIN, ISRAEL, ITALY, JAPAN, NORWAY, HOLLAND, POLAND, SOUTHERN RHODESIA, SWEDEN AND SWITZERLAND. YUGOSLAVIA WITHDREW AT THE LAST MOMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVANFEEDYN57DJE4Z45HQPMT9ET
    Media URN:
    VLVANFEEDYN57DJE4Z45HQPMT9ET
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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