• Short Summary

    WITH RUSSIA THIS WEEK FOLLOWING AMERICA IN CALLING FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF BOMBER PLANES, THE U.

  • Description

    1.
    AV B-47S AT BASE
    0.11

    2.
    GROUND VIEW B-47s
    0.19

    3.
    AERIAL VIEW AIR BASE
    0.22

    4.
    SV MEN REMOVING PARTS OF B-47
    0.41

    5.
    SV TRACTOR PULLING B-47 TO DISPOSAL AREA
    0.51

    6.
    LV B-47s DESTROYED BY GUILLOTINE
    1.10

    7.
    SV CHUNKS OF PLANE STACKED
    1.18

    8.
    SV INGOTS COMING OFF MACHINE
    1.23



    Initials PGR/N/JH/GH



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: WITH RUSSIA THIS WEEK FOLLOWING AMERICA IN CALLING FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF BOMBER PLANES, THE U.S. AIR FORCE IS GOING AHEAD WITH PLANS TO PHASE THE B-47 BOMBER OUT OF SERVICE.

    SCORES OF THE AIRCRAFT ARE BEING REDUCED TO SCRAP AT AN AIR FORCE BASE IN ARIZONA. REUSABLE EQUIPMENT IS STRIPPED FROM THE PLANES AND ENGINES ARE PACKED IN SPECIAL VACUUM CONTAINERS.

    THEN THE AIRCRAFT FRAMES ARE TURNED OVER TO CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS AND TOWED TO A NEARBY DISPOSAL AREA. HERE, A GIANT GUILLOTINE LOPS OFF THE WINGS. THE PLANES' BACKS ARE BROKEN, THEN THE PIECES ARE FED INTO A FURNACE AND COME OUT AS ALUMINIUM INGOTS.

    (THE B-47, A PIONEER JET BOMBER, FLIES AT ROUGHLY THE SAME SPEED AND ALTITUDE AS PRESENT-DAY COMMERCIAL AIRLINERS. NOW THEIR PERFORMANCE IS CONSIDERED TOO SLOW FOR COMBAT. ORIGINALLY, THEY COST ABOUT SIX MILLION DOLLARS A PIECE (ABOUT 2,140,000) - AS SCRAP, THEY BRING A MERE 5,000 DOLLARS (GBP1,700).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEWDC1DXIZ0W2EFVG64DY336EV
    Media URN:
    VLVAEWDC1DXIZ0W2EFVG64DY336EV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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