A DC 3 aircraft from Pretoria flown by Colonel D. Humprhies, Air Attache at the?
LC 3 Aircraft from Pretoria flown by Colonel D.Humphries, Air Attache at the U.S.Embassy, lands at San Smuts Airport(after special clearance)
The following shots show Colonel Humphries and Mr & Mrs Hide, secretary S.African committee IGY. Also Mr Eckel, Officer in charge, U.S.Embassy (Civilian clothes). Others in party on tarmac include Dr.Snyder (Civilian clothes-wearing glasses)U.S.Information Officer; and Mr Robert Cameron (Tall wearing glasses, carrying camera). Any children that appear in the shots are those of Colonel Humphries.
The following shots show United States MATS plane coming into land and Captain of Aircraft Major James V.Prewett followed by only civilian passenger Mr Jerry Barton who will supervise installation of the camera.
Shots of Mr Barton talking over a fence to a Gentleman in glasses show him with Dr Finsen, the Union Astronomer.
Remaining shots show unloading by crane of the special equipment, including closeups of unwrapped parts of the instrument.
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Background: A DC 3 aircraft from Pretoria flown by Colonel D. Humprhies, Air Attache at the United States Embassy, lands at Jan Sa???ts Airport. With the Air Attache are Mr and Mrs Hide, secretary of the South African Committee IGY (International Geophysical Year). There also is Mr Eckel, Officer in charge at the U.S. Embassy.
Others in the party on the tarmacs are Dr Snyder, U.S. Information Officer and Mr Robert Cameron. Colonel Humphries children were also there.
All are there to witness the arrival and unloading of the special equipment which will be used to track and record the American satellite now encircling the globe.
The equipment is to be set up at Olifantafontein near Johannesburg over the next two to three weeks, when pictures of the satellite will be regularly available.
South Africa will very likely be the first country in the world to sight the 1958 Alpha at Olifantafontein, the second of a chain of 12 tracking stations to come into operation in various parts of the world. The first is in New Mexico.