• Short Summary

    AMERICA'S BIGGEST LONG RANGE AIR-LIFT OF TROOPS AND EQUIPMENT ACROSS THE ATLANTIC IS UNDER WAY.THE?

  • Description

    AMERICA'S BIGGEST LONG RANGE AIR-LIFT OF TROOPS AND EQUIPMENT ACROSS THE ATLANTIC IS UNDER WAY.THE FIRST MILITARY JET TROOP PLANE TOUCHED DOWN TONIGHT (TUESDAY) AT THE U.S.AIR BASE AT RHEIN MAIN, FRANKFURT, AFTER A NON-STOP 5,700-MILE (9,000 KMS) FLIGHT FROM TEXAS.

    A CONTINUOUS STREAM OF 240 JETS, EACH CARRYING 80 TROOPS, IS POURING IN.WITH THEM ARE A COMPOSITE AIR STRIKE FORCE OF 116 SUPERSONIC FIGHTERS AND RECONNAISSANCE PLANES.ALTOGETHER, 15,000 COMBAT-READY TROOPS AND TONS OF SUPPLIES ARE IN THE AERIAL ARMADA, BIGGEST OF ITS KIND IN HISTORY.THE U.S.AIR FORCE SECRETARY, MR.EUGENE M.ZUCKERT, AND SENIOR U.S.ARMY OFFICERS WATCHED THE FIRST TOUCH DOWN AT RHEIN MAIN BASE.

    MILITARY VERSIONS OF THE BOEING, DOUGLAS, AND LOCKHEED JETS ARE THE LOAD-CARRIERS.THE AIR-LIFT, COSTING ABOUT GBP7 MILLION, IS DESIGNED TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF FLYING A BIG FORCE OF MEN TO EUROPE AT SHORT NOTICE TO MEET ANY EMERGENCY.ITS SUCCESS COULD REPORTEDLY POINT THE WAY TO A WITHDRAWAL OF SOME OF THE U.S.FORCES STATIONED NOW IN EUROPE.

    THE COMPLETE LIFT IS PLANNED TO FINISH ON FRIDAY.IMMEDIATELY ON ARRIVAL AT THE THREE MAIN U.S.AIR BASES IN WEST GERMANY, THE TROOPS WILL DRAW THEIR HEAVY GUNS, TANKS, TRANSPORT AND MORTARS FROM STOCKPILES THAT WERE MADE AT THE TIME OF THE BERLIN CRISIS.

    A SIX-DAY MANOEUVRE FOLLOWS AS A COUNTER-ATTACK, SIMULATED TO RECOVER EUROPEAN TERRITORY PRESUMED LOST DURING A SUDDEN ATTACK IN EUROPE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1K8JXW0BP9G7AQCX0B9V9WS7C
    Media URN:
    VLVA1K8JXW0BP9G7AQCX0B9V9WS7C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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