Officials of the United States Defence Department revealed this week that for the first time aircraft and men of the strategic deterrent force have been sent to South-East Asia.
GV INT Officer briefs U.S. pilots at Beale Air Force Base in California (2 shots)
CU Pilots listen (2 shots)
LV Pilots talking among themselves
TV Pilots and families arrive at airfield in cars
SV Pilots' luggage offloaded
SV Pilots with families (3 shots)
GV Crew of B-52 walk to aircraft
CU INT Cockpit--pilot climbs in and puts on helmet
SV Controller waves aircraft along tarmac
SV B-52 taxies for take off (2 shots)
GV B-52 takes off.
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Background: Officials of the United States Defence Department revealed this week that for the first time aircraft and men of the strategic deterrent force have been sent to South-East Asia.
The aircraft have been flying to the Western Pacific from bases in Louisiana and California (including Beale Air Force Base which is shown on this film).
The heavy B-52 bombers of the strategic reserve are reinforcing the B-52s already being used in South-East Asia by United States forces. Each of the aircraft can carry about thirty tons of bombs--about five times the weight carried by a tactical fighter-bomber. The B-52s are also very fast: they can fly at 650 miles-an-hour (1046 kms-per hour) at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet (15,200m).
The strategic reserve is a back-up force based in the United States. At any one time about 40 per cent of the force is meant to be on alert.