Britain and West Germany are to develop a vertical take-off lightweight fighter based on the British Hawker-Siddeley P-1127 prototype.
SV Thorneycroft out of car and greeted.
LV being saluted.
SV Guard of Honour.
CU Guard at entrance to Defence Ministry.
SV Thorneycroft and others enter Ministry.
SV British flag flying in Ministry grounds.
LV Thorneycroft posing with other delegates.
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Background: Britain and West Germany are to develop a vertical take-off lightweight fighter based on the British Hawker-Siddeley P-1127 prototype. And West Germany is to buy a number of British "Seacat" rockets for testing purposes. ("Seacats" are a defence weapon against low-flying aircraft, suitable for naval vessels, including smaller vessels like those used by the West German Navy).
This was announced in Bonn, West Germany, Jan 11, after talks between British Minister of Aviation Peter Thorneycroft and Herr Volkmar Hopf, State Secretary of the West German Ministry of Defence. Herr Hopf deputised for Defence Minister Herr Strauss, who is suffering from influenza. VISNEWS film shows Britain's Thorneycroft arriving at the West Germany Defence Ministry for the Jan 11 talks.
He also discussed a proposal to develop a space launcher for scientific and commercial purposes. It would be produced by Britain, West Germany and other European and British Commonwealth countries. Mr. Thorneycroft invited West Germany to a meeting in Strasbourg, France, starting Jan 30, to discuss this space plan and similar topic.
Britain's "Blue Streak" rocket may play a big part in any joint space plans. Aviation Minister Thorneycroft leaves Bonn Jan 12 for Denmark, Norway and Sweden ... an international space talks.