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747 Landings #201807

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 26, 1969
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(Studio) On December 14, Boeing 747's landing gear collapses on test flight. 35 die in South Vietnam when Air-Vietnam plane runs off runway. Landing large aircraft still a problem.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Buffalo, New York) Wheels shown under 747 getting ready to land. Plane tests landing on bag of air underneath ship. [Designer T. Desmond EARL - explains pressures under plane with regard to air bag. Could come in for landing in any direction. Could use water as point of runway. System could have prevented accidents.] Plane shown during different landings. Films shown of crashes at: New York City on July 2, 1964; Tokyo Bay on February 5, 1966; Los Angeles, California on January 14, 1969; and Gatwick, England on January 5, 1969. Air Force paid for air cushion development Civilian mfrs. interested. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) studying cushion's use as landing gear for reusable spaceships.

Gill, Bill;
Reasoner, Harry

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