An Australian hang-gliding pilot, Bill Flewellyn, created history on Saturday (23 July) by becoming the first person to fly over Japan's highest peak, Mount Fuji in a hang glider.
GV: Mount Fuji, Japan.
GV: summit of Mount Fuji, ZOOM BACK TO Balloon and hang-glider being prepared.
SV PAN FROM: hang glider to balloon being prepared.
SV: hang glider pilot Bill Flewellyn
SVs: hot air being used to raise balloon (2 shots)
SV: Flewellyn gets in to hang glider.
GV: mount Fuji summit ZOOM BACK TO balloon.
SV: balloon takes off
SV: Flewellyn and hang glider taking off suspended from balloon.
SV: hang glider suspended from ascending balloon
GV: Mount Fuji PAN TO balloon.
AIR TO AIR SHOT balloon and hang glider in flight with other aircraft circling (4 shots)
GROUND TO AIR SHOT hang glider released from balloon.
AIR TO AIR SHOT hang glider and balloon.
AERIAL VIEW: hang glider in flight over Mount Fuji. (2 shots)
GROUND TO AIR SHOT hang glider in flight (2 shots)
LV: hang glider landing.
LV: people rush to hang glider.
SV: Flewellyn carrying glider back as newsmen watch. (2 shots)
CU: Flewellyn talking.
FLEWELLYN: That mountain up there is well known throughout the world as a beautiful sight, particularly looking straight down into it, I don't suppose many people have ever done that, and I'm very proud to have flown in Japan. Thank you, thank you very much."
SPORT: HANG GLIDING
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Background: An Australian hang-gliding pilot, Bill Flewellyn, created history on Saturday (23 July) by becoming the first person to fly over Japan's highest peak, Mount Fuji in a hang glider.
SYNOPSIS: Mount Fuji, 12,395 feet (3,776 metres) high, is notorious for the treacherous turbulence around its peak. Flewellyn's glider was fastened to a hot air balloon piloted by British flight engineer Ron Taaffe for the ascent.
Flewellyn currently holds the world record for hang glider soaring, with a time of 15 hours three minutes 50 seconds, set in 1972 near Barmera in south Australia where he runs a vineyard.
His flight over Mount Fuji was not the highest he'd attempted he had held the Australian altitude record with a height of 16,500 feet (5,000 metres), but a new record of 24,100 feet (7350 metres) was set later. Flewellyn said he would attempt to break this record later this year.
Flewellyn's plan was to ascend with the aid of the balloon to a height of 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) and then glide over the summit of the mountain which is held sacred by the Japanese.
Flewellyn and Taaffe weren't alone in their ascent....along with them were five helicopters, four propeller-driven aircraft and one jet aeroplane from which interested newsmen followed the flight.
The Visnews cameraman who took this film said he was terrified by the amount of aerial activity around the balloon.
Once the target altitude was reached, Taaffe released the hand glider from the balloon and Flewellyn was on his own. The flight was organised in honour of Queen Elizabeth the Second's Silver Jubilee.
Flewellyn later described the view of Mount Fuji from above as 'marvellous'.
Flewellyn had to wear an oxygen mask for his flight, which was at altitudes much above those normally reached by hang-gliding pilots.
Flewellyn's slow spiral descent took him 50 minutes.
He landed on a golf course about 300 yards (metres) from where the ascent started. Flewellyn then described his feelings about the flight.