• Short Summary

    In the Congo's vast spaces - ill-served by roads and railways - aerial transport may be the key to military-political success; hence the importance of Russian planes loaned to Mr.

  • Description

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    GV Russian plane at Leopoldville
    0.55

    2.
    LV Band
    0.07

    3.
    LV Lumumba down from plane, greeted
    0.14

    4.
    SV & CU Lumumba
    0.20

    5.
    SV Troops
    0.22

    6.
    GV Lumumba reviews troops
    0.28

    7.
    GV Closed airfields in Katanga - 3 shots
    0.40

    8.
    GV Tshombe shakes hands with Belgian pilots
    0.47

    9.
    SV Ditto
    0.53

    10.
    GV Pan along planes
    1.05

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    SV Tshombe looks at Katanga flag on plane
    1.09

    12.
    CU & LV Tshombe
    1.14



    Initials LSW/V/AW/LSW



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In the Congo's vast spaces - ill-served by roads and railways - aerial transport may be the key to military-political success; hence the importance of Russian planes loaned to Mr. Lumumba, and Force Publique planes secured by Katangan leader Moise Tshombe.

    Fifteen Ilyushins were sent to help Mr. Lumumba, and one - an outright gift - was painted with Congolese markings. The Ilyushins, designed as troop-carriers, had eight-man crews and were loaded with spares. But United Nations control of Congo airfields, Sept 6, after the Lumumba-Kasavubu split, has halted the Russian airlift of men and equipment.

    The Katanga, Moise Tshombe recognised the danger of airborne landings by Lumumba troops and runways were blocked as they had been in face of United Nations intervention. But on Sept 7, Elizabethville airport was temporarily cleared to permit arrival of a plane bearing arms from Belgium, Mr. Tshombe has an airforce of his own; Belgian pilots seized 6 civilian aircraft - formerly used by the Force Publique - from Leopoldville, and flew them to Elizabethville, where they now bear Katanga's emblems on their fuselage.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACFN0MA3BPQEN7MDELBP8JGO5S
    Media URN:
    VLVACFN0MA3BPQEN7MDELBP8JGO5S
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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