Four schoolboys proved again on Saturday (15 May) the principle amply demonstrated through history -- that flapping wings cannot achieve flight.
MV Children carrying transparent wings (2 shots)
MV PAN Boy attempts to fly across river & splashs down
SV PAN Another boy in crash helmet & wings splashes into river
GV Boy preparing glider (2 shots)
MV Boy & wings being helped out of river
GV Another splashdown as crowds gather round
GV Boy swimming from wings towards bank
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Background: Four schoolboys proved again on Saturday (15 May) the principle amply demonstrated through history -- that flapping wings cannot achieve flight.
The boys attempted to fly with the aid of wings constructed in their school art classes. Forty boys had planned a mass flight across the River Nene, near Peterborough, but after the first four splashdowns the rest gave up.
SYNOPSIS: Leonardo da Vinci started it all when he designed wings for men...and on Saturday the quest for flight was carried a step further when four British schoolboys attempted to fly the River Nene.
The boys had constructed their wings during school art classes. When the moment of truth came for the first attempt, it was to set the pace for the other hopeful aviators. (PAUSE UNTIL CUE)
Each boy found that flying was not just a matter of flapping wings. In spite of encouragement from a watching crowd, none of the boys managed to fly...but they put on a good display of the basic techniques of crash landing.
Forty schoolboys had originally planned a mass flight across the river, but the thirty-six remaining hopefuls gave up after assessing their chances on the results of their schoolmates. "I felt sure I could fly," one said; "now I feel equally sure that I can't".