• Short Summary

    While United States aircrews continue to conduct the bombing of North Vietnam, South Vietnamese jets and crews have taken over strike missions in the South -- previously done by the Americans.

  • Description

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    MV & SVs South Vietnamese Air Force jet on tarmac and pilot climbing inside, preparing for takeoff (3 shots)
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    2.
    MV TRAVEL SHOTS FROM Aircraft shows bombs attached to wings PAN TO other aircraft taking off (2 shots)
    0.24

    3.
    GVs AIR TO AIR & SVs Aircraft in fight and pilot in cockpit (10 shots)
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    4.
    SVs & AERIAL VIEW Pilot releasing bomb and smoke rising from ground (3 shots)
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    Initials BB/1600 WLW/DW/BB/1620



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: While United States aircrews continue to conduct the bombing of North Vietnam, South Vietnamese jets and crews have taken over strike missions in the South -- previously done by the Americans. The missions are mainly in the Central Highlands area, where communist infiltration from Laos and the Khmer Republic is reported heaviest.

    The Vietnamese pilots fly six days a week, and are on standby at nights for emergencies. The numbers of pilots and ground-crews have been increased in the past few months, as the arrival of extra American-made jets have built up South Vietnam's Air force to the fifth-largest in the world.

    SYNOPSIS: The South Vietnamese Air Force -- now the fifth-largest in the world with its American-built aircraft--has taken over bombing missions in South Vietnam. The missions used to be flown by the United States Air Force--which is still, however, responsible for all bombing over North Vietnam.

    The missions are mainly in the Central Highlands area, where communist infiltration from Laos and the Khmer Republic is reported heaviest. The pilots fly six days a week, and are on standby duty at night for emergencies. Although not as highly-trained as their American counterparts, many South Vietnamese pilots are now more experienced through shear numbers of flying hours. Losses on missions like this are said to be 'reasonably small' although communist positions have been well-fortified with anti-aircraft guns. On the ground, meanwhile, ground crews have been increased to cope with the large numbers of aircraft coming from America. More pilots have been trained, too.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB61VJ3F5RSCL8FM0BM081SZ68
    Media URN:
    VLVAB61VJ3F5RSCL8FM0BM081SZ68
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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