NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 17, 1978
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(Studio) Successful transatlantic balloon crossing by 3 Americans from New Mexico noted. Is reported to be 1st new method of transatlantic crossing since Chas. Lindbergh flew it in plane. Balloon's landing near Paris stated.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Paris, France) Balloonists' aim for Paris as landing site for Double Eagle II, as Lindbergh had done, reported [Balloonist's WIFE - talks to husband via radio.] [BALLOONIST - responds.] Landing in field near Paris due to loss in altitude stated. [Ben ABRUZZO - describes feelings.] Copter flight to Le Bourget Airport, where Lindbergh landed, for celebration noted. [Maxie ANDERSON - says transatlantic balloon flight goal isn't Ireland or England, but Le Bourget. Notes they got close.] [Larry NEWMAN - discusses reasons for trip.]
REPORTER: John Cochran
(Studio) Backgrounds on 3 balloonists, all of Albuquerque, given.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Albuquerque, NM) Albuquerque's domination of ballooning worldwide noted; is reported to be home of world and national ballooning title holders. [National titlist Sid CUTTER - states feelings about Double Eagle II's flight.] Cutter mentioned as Anderson's teacher. [Paul WOESSNER - cites hopes for incrd. interest in ballooning now.] One balloonist's idea of flying across Pacific Ocean reported.
REPORTER: Kim Larson (KOB-TV) (KOB-TV newstape, Albuquerque)
(Studio) 1st transatlantic attempt in balloon noted as being in 1873 by W.H. Donaldson, who took off from New York City and soon came down in Catskill Mts. Senator resolution of congratulations to successful balloonists and President Carter's White House invitation to them reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
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