INTRODUCTION: Two American balloonists, who were trying to fly their helium-filled balloon around the world, have abandoned the attempt in India.
SV Egypt: Gondola and name "Jules Verne" at launching site. (2 SHOTS)
SV Maxie Anderson and Don Ida (wearing cap).
SV Gondola being moved into position at night. (2 SHOTS)
SV Helium cylinders Balloon being inflated. (3 SHOTS)
GV Inflated balloon.
GV Helicopter flies overhead.
GV Balloon taking off.
GV India: Grounded gondola at Mirchpur, Hissar, with crowds in background.
CU PAN FROM Helium cylinder TO gondola.
CU Don Ida sitting alongside equipment.
SV Police trying to keep back crowds. (2 SHOTS)
CU Ida speaking to Prem Prakash.
GV Police clearing crowds from site.
CU Ida seated inside gondola talking to Anderson alongside.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
(SEQ.13): IDA: "Our future plans are very indefinite right now. We need to gather up our equipment, take them back home, and then we'll kind of look at it. This is an awfully expensive trip...awfully expensive project, so, uh, I think we'll get our equipment back home and kind of assess the situation, and take a look at it from there. Even then it's impossible to attempt to fly again this year, or this spring, because the weather is changing. So, we'' wait till we get home."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Two American balloonists, who were trying to fly their helium-filled balloon around the world, have abandoned the attempt in India. Maxie Anderson and Don Ida landed their craft the "Jules Verne", in a field outside a village in northern India on Saturday (14 February) after failing to gain enough altitude to cross the Himalayas. The touchdown frustrated a voyage which had begun there days earlier in Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: This was their take-off point at Luxor. Anderson and Ida had planned to circle the earth in ten days, gliding in the jet stream at altitudes of up to 30,000 feet. Their route was to have taken them across India and China, and across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska. They were then to sweep southeastward across the United States, traverse the North Atlantic and Europe, before touching down in Egypt.
Anderson and Ida had suffered one delay when the Iranian government refused them permission to fly over Iran, threatening to shoot them down if they tried. After mapping out a new route, they were ready to go on Thursday (12 February). With the balloon inflated, they were off in quest of a world record.
But they weren't to make it. After floating across Middle Eastern countries and Pakistan, they had to force-land. Unable to clear the Himalayas, they were advised by the Ballooning Club of India to use of strong cross winds and try to land near Delhi. Ida and his friend decided to put down in open space near Hissar.
When villagers swarmed close to the grounded balloon, police drove them back. Later Don Ida told Visnews reporter Prem Prakash of their disappointment and what they hoped to do in the future.
Anderson said the balloon could have tried to gain the needed altitude only by dropping all its ballast -- a hazardous move. They'd fared well until reaching India, and dropping height to catch air currents.