ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 17, 1978
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(Studio) Successful transatlantic balloon crossing by 3 Americans, Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman, all of Albuquerque, NM, noted. Their flight over France, with River Seine as guide, [described; reporter states that report is coming from plane alongside Double Eagle II. [BALLOONIST - describes feelings of 3 about having passed over Ireland and England and planned landing in France.] Landing in field detailed; trip to Le Bourget Airport noted. [ANDERSON - talks about making historic trip.] [NEWMAN - is bit disappointed in not making hang glider landing in France, but has begun feeling like balloonist. Doesn't have sense that he's made history.] Wives' greetings at American embassy in Paris reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Deauville, France) Details given about day's activities of wives Pat Abruzzo, Patty Anderson and Sandra Newman. Balloonists' naming of balloon, Double Eagle II, in honor of Charles Lindbergh, known as Lone Eagle in his flight to Paris, noted. [Mrs. ANDERSON - talks to husband.] [ANDERSON - answers.] Flight over English Channel mentioned. [Mrs. ANDERSON - says they're anxious for husbands to land.] Wives' sighting of balloon from ground at Deauville reported.
REPORTER: John Laurence
(Studio) Anderson's remembrance of Lindbergh, after arrival at Le Bourget, reported [ANDERSON - says target for flying balloon across Atlantic isn't really Ireland or England, but Le Bourget.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Studio) Senator resolution of congratulations to balloonists reported Resolution's intro. by Senator Peter Domenici of New Mexico mentioned.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
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