• Short Summary

    THE FIRST FLIGHT OF GIANT B-52 STRATO-FORTRESS BOMBERS HAS MOVED INTO UTAPAO AIR BASE IN THAILAND, AND IS READY TO TAKE UP OPERATIONS OVER VIETNAM.

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    BOMBERS FLYING IN; PILOTS.




    Initials DHC/V/RM/BB



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    Background: THE FIRST FLIGHT OF GIANT B-52 STRATO-FORTRESS BOMBERS HAS MOVED INTO UTAPAO AIR BASE IN THAILAND, AND IS READY TO TAKE UP OPERATIONS OVER VIETNAM. THE AIRCRAFT WERE FLOWN FROM THE U.S. PACIFIC OCEAN BASE ON GUAM ISLAND.

    THE HUGE AIRCRAFT FLEW TO THEIR NEW BASE FROM A BOMBING RAID OVER SOUTH VIETNAM.

    OPERATING FROM THAILAND, THE BOMBERS WILL CUT THE 2,300 MILE (3,700 KM) TRIP FROM GUAM TO VIETNAM BY TWO-THIRDS.

    AIR FORCE OFFICIALS HAVE DECLINED TO SAY HOW MANY OF THE BOMBERS WILL BE BASED IN THAILAND, BUT ADMIT THAT THERE WILL BE ENOUGH TO CARRY ON DAY AND NIGHT OPERATIONS AGAINST THE VIET CONG.

    CAPTAIN KARL W. SCHMIDT, CO-PILOT OF THE FIRS OF THE EIGHT-ENGINED BOMBERS TO LAND AT UTAPAO AIR BASE, SAID THE PLANES HAD SPENT SEVEN HOURS IN THE AIR ON THE BOMBING MISSION OVER VIETNAM.

    ASKED HOW HE FELT ABOUT LANDING THERE RATHER THAN RETURNING TO GUAM, HE SAID: "IT'S A LITTLE MORE RELAXING... AND IT'S SHORTER COMING HOME."
    THE NEW AIRFIELD WAS DECLARED OPEN ONLY SAT AUGUST, AND IS SAID TO BE THE BIGGEST AND WAS MOST MODERN IN SOUTHERN ASIA.

    UTAPAO 105 MILES (168 KMS) SOUTHEAST OF BANGKOK, THAI CAPITAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAXCQNPN2I8QKY8IT5DGWT2FZS
    Media URN:
    VLVAXCQNPN2I8QKY8IT5DGWT2FZS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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