The Goodyear airship Europe took to the air again on Thursday(29 June), a little more than two months after the April storm which swept the craft from its moorings and caused it serious damage.
GV Crashed airship
SV Technicians PAN TO damaged hull
SV Nose TILT TO hull
CU Holes in fabric of tail plane
SV Tail plane PAN TO wreck of hull
GV Airship on ground (NATSOF starts)
SV Crew get aboard
SV Technician gives thumbs up sign PULL BACK crew in cockpit
Ground to Air Airship takes off
Air to Ground ditto
CU Pilot & controls (2 shots)
AV Town & River
AV Shadow of airship on ground
GV Airship overhead
Initials SGM/0018 SGM/0055
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Background: The Goodyear airship Europe took to the air again on Thursday(29 June), a little more than two months after the April storm which swept the craft from its moorings and caused it serious damage.
The airship has been built at Cardington in the English County of Bedfordshire - home of the ill-fated RIOL.
The airship has cost a million and quarter pounds to build, and her owners hope to use the craft for advertising, and as an aerial platform for television cameras at major sporting events. There is a suggestion that the airship may be taken to Munich for the 1972 Olympics.
SYNOPSIS: A moment in April when the builders of the airship Europe saw their dreams destroyed by the fickle winds over central England. The airship had been built at the Cardington works -- home of the ill-fated R101. Just when it was ready to begin earning money for its builders a storm ripped the airship from its moorings and smashed it into a tree.
This week, just two months later, the airship was once again ready for a test flight. This time newsmen and camera crews were invited to make the trip.
All clear .... and the airship lifts off.
The Goodyear Airship has cost a million and a quarter pounds. Its owners hope to use the airship as a platform for advertising, and to carry television cameras to useful vantage points above important sporting fixtures. The craft was to have been used as a television platform above the Epsom Derby in June, but the crash made this impossible. Now, there's a suggestion that the airship may be taken to Munich and moored above the Olympic Games stadium.