- Title: THAILAND: PILOT LINDA FINCH ARRIVES IN THAILAND
- Date: 2nd May 1997
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (MAY 2, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV PILOT LINDA FINCH'S AIRCRAFT LANDING AT BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 0.12 2. SCU CAMERAMAN 0.15 3. LV AIRCRAFT TAXIING ON TARMAC 0.28 4. SLV PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN 0.32 5. SCU COCKPIT /GROUND CREW PUSHING AIRCRAFT TOWARDS THE HANGAR (3 SHOTS) 0.50 6. LAS FINCH GETS OUT OF PLANE AND WAVES TO PEOPLE 1.12 7. SCU PHOTOGRAPHERS 1.15 8. SV FINCH SHAKING HANDS WITH THAI AIRWAYS PRESIDENT THAMNOON WANGLEE 1.21 9. SCU FINCH SAYING : "THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ASKED US NOT TO BECAUSE OF THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY AT THAT TIME. SO WE WENT TO CHIANG-MAI INSTEAD." (ENGLISH) 1.33 10. SCU FINCH SPEAKING 1.36 11. SCU FINCH SAYING: "ALL OF YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE FLYING THIS AIRCRAFT , IT WAS BUILT IN 1935, IT'S A 62-YEAR OLD AIRCRAFT AND IT IS IN FACT , WE'RE HALFWAY ON THE TRIP THE SAME MODEL AIRPLANE THAT AMELIA EARHART FLEW." (ENGLISH) 1.51 12. SV PEOPLE TOUCHING WING OF FINCH'S AIRCRAFT 1.57 13. LV FINCH'S AIRCRAFT PARKED INSIDE HANGAR BESIDE A THAI AIRWAYS JET 2.00 Initials S3 P3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Duration: 00:02:00
- Story Text: - INTRO: An American pilot attempting to emulate Amelia Earhart's legendary around-the-world flight has arrived in Thailand to a big welcome and has flown from there to Singapore.
Linda Finch arrived at the Bangkok International Airport on Friday (May 2). It is the half-way mark of the round-the-world journey made by Amelia Earhart 60 years ago.
Finch arrived from Chiang Mai in her 1935 Lockheed Electra 10E -- the same model used by Earhart and one of only two left in the world.
Earhart herself vanished before her plane could land on a Pacific island in 1937.
Finch's total journey is expected to last two and a half months, covering a total distance of 26,748 miles (42,800 kilometres), spanning five continents.
She began her journey on March 17 from the same hangar in Oakland, California from which Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonnan left on their round the world flight attempt.
Finch flew into Singapore on Saturday (May 3) and was due to fly to Indonesia and Australia and Honolulu, finishing her journey in Oakland, from where she started out, said her route mirrored that of Earhart. The only difference was that she did not go via Burma unlike Earhart.
Finch said the U.S. government had told her not to go to Burma because of the political situation at that time, so she flew to Chiang-Mai instead.
The United States has imposed sanctions on new American investments in Burma which is ruled by a military government. Burma has been accused of suppressing democracy and human rights.
Called World Flight 1997, the flight aims to encourage deprived children around the world to aim beyond their perceived limitations.
Aero-engine maker Pratt & Whitney has sponsored the flight, paying all US$1.5 million of the plane restoration costs and giving US$3.0 million to a U.S.-based education programme.
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