President Nguyen van Thieu's visit to the United States is the first mainland visit by a South Vietnamese leader since 1958, when President Ngo Dinh Dien went to Washington as a guest of President Dwight Eisen-hower.
GV Crowds with banners & flags at Saigon airport (2 shots)
GVs & SVs This with wife waves to crowd (5 shots)
GVs Military at airport(3 shots)
GV, SV Thieu along red carpet
CU, GV Thieu inspects guard (3 shots)
GV Crowds & banners
MV Thieu & wife shake hands with officials
GV Thieu & wife up steps of plane
GV Thieu & wife wave as crowd watch (2 shots)
GVs Aircraft taxiis for take off, crowd watch (4 shots)
Initials SGM/0404 SGM/0353
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Background: President Nguyen van Thieu's visit to the United States is the first mainland visit by a South Vietnamese leader since 1958, when President Ngo Dinh Dien went to Washington as a guest of President Dwight Eisen-hower. Leaving Saigon by air on saturday (March 31), he told the crowd of thousands who saw him off that he was going to thank the American people for the 'noble sacrifice' of the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam.
The last time President Thieu met President Richard Nixon was in Honolulu in 1970, when they had talks on the U.S. role in the war and progress made. This time, they were scheduled to meet in San Clemente in California after a Honolulu stop-over by President Thieu and his party of three government ministers, his wife, and close advisors. The Boeing 707 jet aircraft which they were using -- Air Vietnam's only one -- was acquired from Pan American World Airways only a few days before.
SYNOPSIS: A crowds of thousands turned to at Saigon airport in South Vietnam on Saturday to watch President Nguyon van Thieu depart for his official visit to the United States. Its the first mainland visit by a South Vietnamese leader since President Ngo Dinh Diem went to Washington in 1958 as a guest of President Dwight Eisenhower.
President Thieu, who inspected a guard of honour before he left, was accompanied on his journey by his wife, three government minister, and some close advisers. The party was due to stop-over in Honolulu before flying on for talks with President Richard Nixon in san Clements in California. The last time the two Presidents met was in Honolulu in 1970, when they talked about the United States' role in the war and progress made.
In a speech to the crowds before he left, President Thieu said he was going to the United States to thank the American people for the 'noble sacrifices' of the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam, The Air Vietnam Boeing 707 which the party used -- the airlines' only one -- was acquired from Pan American Airways only a few days earlier.