• Short Summary

    A WEST INDIAN DELEGATION - INCLUDING FEDERAL PRIME MINISTER SIR GRANTLEY ADAMS - VISITED THE UNITED STATES MISSILE LAUNCHING SITE AT CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, AUG 30.

  • Description

    1.
    CU.SIGNBOARD "SATURN SPACE SYSTEM CONTROL CENTRE".
    0.03

    2.
    GV.ROCKET IN GANTRY.
    0.10

    3.
    SV.U.S.AIR FORCE OFFICERS WALK THROUGH TUNNEL.
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    4.
    SCU.WEST INDIANS IN CONTROL ROOM.
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    5.
    CU.U.S.OFFICER EXPLAINS CONTROLS.
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    6.
    CU. GROUP.
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    7.
    TV. DITTO.
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    8.
    GV.WEST INDIANS WALK TO OBSERVATION PLATFORM.
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    9.
    SV & CU.WEST INDIANS AND US OFFICIALS SEATED ON OBSERVATION PLATFORM.
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    10.
    GV.GROUP IN F/G - ROCKET IN GANTRY IN B/G.
    0.51

    11.
    GV.ROCKET FIRED, AND EXPLODES.
    1.15



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    Background: A WEST INDIAN DELEGATION - INCLUDING FEDERAL PRIME MINISTER SIR GRANTLEY ADAMS - VISITED THE UNITED STATES MISSILE LAUNCHING SITE AT CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, AUG 30. THEIR VISIT COINCIDED WITH AN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO LAUNCH A "MINUTEMAN" INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE FROM AN UNDERGROUND SILO.

    BEFORE WATCHING THE FIRING, THE DELEGATION INSPECTED THE BLOCKHOUSE AND LISTENED TO A LECTURE ON THE EQUIPMENT AND THE OPERATION. THEY WERE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE TESTING CENTRE, AS THE US HAS FOUR ATLANTIC MISSILE TRACKING STATIONS ON WEST INDIES TERRITORY.

    A SPLIT SECOND AFTER THE FIRING OF THE 60-FEET-LONG "MINUTEMAN" FLAMES AND SMOKE BURST FROM THE CONCRETE-LINED PIT AND THE MISSILE LURCHED IN MIDAIR, FALLING BACK INTO THE LAUNCHING AREA. A HUGE BALL OF FIRE WAS HURLED HUNDREDS OF FEET INTO THE SKY, PROVIDING THE VISITORS WITH AN UNEXPECTED SPECTACLE. THE REMAINS OF THE MISSILE SUPPOSED TO HAVE MADE A 4,600 MILE FLIGHT - WERE SCATTERED ACROSS A FEW HUNDRED SQUARE YARDS OF CAPE CANAVERAL SCRUBLAND. THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES; AND THE AIR FORCE REPORTED LATER THAT THE SILO AND LAUNCHING EQUIPMENT WERE UNDAMAGED BY THE MISHAP.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9K08TV6IH1IISDCHEB5KB11R9
    Media URN:
    VLVA9K08TV6IH1IISDCHEB5KB11R9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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