• Short Summary

    THE AMERICAN SUPERSONIC AIRLINER PROJECT WAS VIRTUALLY KILLED ON WEDNESDAY (MARCH 24) WHEN THE SENATE VOTED 51 TO 46 AGAINST FINANCING THE PROJECT ANY FURTHER.

  • Description

    1.
    SV SST MODEL REVOLVING ON STAND
    0.13

    2.
    SV HUMPHREY
    0.18

    3.
    SV MODEL ON TABLE ZOOM OUT TO ENGINEERS HUMPHREY SPEAKING OVER VARIOUS SCENES OF SST IN PLANNING STAGES (7 SHOTS).
    1.07

    4.
    CU HUMPHREY CONTINUEING STATEMENT SOF ENDS:
    1.31


    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: SENATOR HUMPHREY: "IS THIS THE WAY WE OUGHT TO BE SPENDING MONEY? WE DON'T HAVE UNLIMITED AMOUNTS AND I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION, NO SECONDLY, I VERY SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT THE FIGURES THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO US ABOUT COST; THE COST OF THIS PLANE HAD GONE UP ABOUT A THIRD SINCE ITS ORIGINAL ESTIMATE. I HAD REASON TO BELIEVE THE COST WOULD CONTINUE TO RISE SHARPLY, AND THAT THE PRODUCTION COST FOR THE COMMERCIAL TYPE SST WOULD BE EXORBITANT. THIRDLY, THE AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY TODAY -- THAT IS, THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY -- IS IN A SERIOUS FINANCIAL CONDITION. I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS IN MUCH OF A POSITION TO BE BUYING SST'S.



    SENATOR HUMPHREY: I THOUGHT THERE WERE ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS THAT WERE INVOLVED, UNRESOLVED -- NOISE PROBLEMS UNRESOLVED. BUT MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, I JUST DON'T THINK THAT THE SST IS THE SYMBOL THAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS FOR NATIONAL PRESTIGE AND FOR NATIONAL PRIORITIES. I BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE OTHER THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT NEED TO BE DONE, AND I HOPE THAT THOSE WHO VOTED AGAINST FUNDING OF THE SST WILL NOW VOTE THE FUNDS FOR HOUSING, FOR THE REBUILDING OF OUR CITIES, FOR TRAINING OF OUR WORKERS, FOR PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYMENT, FOR EDUCATION AND HEALTH, FOR THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE IN THIS COUNTRY -- THESE ARE OUR PRIORITIES AND THOSE ARE OUR NEEDS.




    Initials PS/1639 PS16.50



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    Background: THE AMERICAN SUPERSONIC AIRLINER PROJECT WAS VIRTUALLY KILLED ON WEDNESDAY (MARCH 24) WHEN THE SENATE VOTED 51 TO 46 AGAINST FINANCING THE PROJECT ANY FURTHER. THE SST, AS THE AIRCRAFT IS KNOWN, IS THE UNITED STATE'S ANSWER TO THE ANGLO-FRENCH CONCORDS AND THE SOVIET SUPERSONIC TU 144, WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO GO INTO SERVICE THIS YEAR.

    SENATOR HUBERT HUMPHREY, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AT THE LAST ELECTION AND VICE-PRESIDENT IN THE JOHNSON ADMINISTRATION, WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO VOTED AGAINST PUTTING UP ANY MORE CASH FOR THE HIGH-FLYING CLOCK-BEATING AIRCRAFT. HE EXPLAINED WHY AT A WASHINGTON PRESS CONFERENCE.

    IN THIS FILM WE HAVE USED AS A BACKGROUND TO SENATOR HUMPHREY'S STATEMENT VARIOUS SHOTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SST AT THE SETTLE, WASHINGTON FACTORY OF THE BOEING COMPANY. THESE SCENES ARE TELERECORDED, BUT MAKE A CONSIDERABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE STORY.

    THIS WAS WHAT SENATOR HUMPHREY SAID:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB4G9G39ZMMQG93G1FY76PXQMS
    Media URN:
    VLVAB4G9G39ZMMQG93G1FY76PXQMS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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