The United States Air Force has unveiled a new aircraft which may, in the future, be the front line of defence for North America.
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GV & SV Press and military officers listening to information about aircraft (3 shots)
GTV Aircraft showing a 30ft rotodome on top of the aircraft (3 shots)
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SV & GV Officials and press looking at aircraft (4 shots)
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Background: The United States Air Force has unveiled a new aircraft which may, in the future, be the front line of defence for North America.
The basic aircraft is a large 707, rather like a commercial jet airliner, with the noticeable modification of a 30-foot (9-aircraft) rotodome mounted above the fuselage. This carries new, long-range radar able to detect and track aircraft -- an early warning system. The aircraft will also carry the greatest concentration of high-powered communications equipment and the largest computer ever put into the air, so that it will serve as a flying command and control post.
The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, built the aircraft and showed it to newsmen for the first time earlier this week (1 February). This film was made available to Visnews through the National Broadcasting Company of America.