New York city authorities are experimenting with an idea which may lead to a drastic cut in the time flying from city to city.
GV PAN Seaplane flies down river past buildings
CU Debris in water TILT UP TO another seaplane moored
GV Building by riverside TILT DOWN TO seaplanes moored in river
GV PAN Seaplane lands in river
GV Dockside and SV Mr. Leedham interviewed by reporter. (SOUND)
GV PAN Seaplane takes off.
TRANSCRIPT: COMMENTARY ON FILM
"For a long time the experts have been looking for a quick means of travel between neighbouring cities, an now they're trying something else. It's turbo-prop seaplane which can fly between New York and Philadelphia in about 25 minutes. The key to the experiment, and its still in the experimental stage, is that the plane could land in the East River, in the heart of New York city, and eliminate the need for travel outside the city to regular airports. New York city Commissioner of Marine and Aviation, Charles Leedham, discussed the plan.
INTERVIEW STARTS (SEQ. 6): "We have been trying to get City Centre Fixed Wing Aircraft Service for a long time. We keep running into the real estate problem, where do you put the runway. Here it happens in this city and every other major city, we've got runways right by the centre of the city. New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Saint Louis, every major city is built with water. And we've got all these beautiful unused stretches of water right here at the edge of Manhattan and we think its a great place to have airplane runways. So we're building planes that can land on these runways and that's one like this we have today.
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Background: New York city authorities are experimenting with an idea which may lead to a drastic cut in the time flying from city to city. Seaplanes, once the ultimate in air travel, could come back into their own if the experiment proves a success. The aircraft could land in New York on the East River, cutting down the time taken driving to airports outside the city. Flying time between New York and Philadelphia is only 25 minutes and passengers have the added advantage of being delivered into the heart of either city.