Accompanied by President Nixon, British Prime Minister Edward Heath arrived at the White House on Thursday (1 Feb.) to full military honours.
SV Heath and Nixon arrive at White House, welcomed by Nixon's wife, Rogers and naval delegates.
LS INT Press club members applauding Heath (2 shots)
SV Press spokesmen asks question and Heath answers (SOUND)
PRESSMAN: "How much longer will your government and the French government, continue to finance the Concorde supersonic airplane?"
HEATH: "Well we greatly appreciate your concern for the British taxpayer, (LAUGHTER FROM AUDIENCE) especially those American taxpayers who may be looking forward in due course to contributing towards an American supersonic liner themselves (MORE LAUGHTER). But, ah, the Concorde is a great pioneering adventure, one of the greatest that has taken place in the field of advanced technology since World War Two, excluding your own space efforts. And we're just sorry that Pan-Am and TWA don't find themselves in a position to take first part in this great pioneering adventure (LAUGHTER)."
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Background: Accompanied by President Nixon, British Prime Minister Edward Heath arrived at the White House on Thursday (1 Feb.) to full military honours. Mr. Heath was the first national leader to meet President Nixon since the President announced the end of American involvement in the Vietnam war. Mr. Heath is along-standing personal friend of President Nixon. The two leaders last met in Bermuda a year ago. Mr. Heath's visit coincides with the American airlines', PAN-AM and TWA, decision to cancel options on Concorde.
At a press conference later Mr. Heath was asked about the future of Concorde. A transcript of the question and answer follows:
SYNOPSIS: "Rule Britannia", played by United States Army trumpeters, greeted Britain's Prime Minister Edward Heath, on his arrival in Washington on Thursday. President Nixon, who accompanied Mr. Heath, had ordered that his guest be given a full military welcome. At the ceremony Mr. Nixon emphasised the special ties that existed between Britain and the United States. Mr. Heath is the first national leader to meet President Nixon since the President's Vietnam peace speech.
At a press conference, later, Mr. Heath praised President Nixon's steadfastness in pursuing peace in Vietnam. Mr. Heath's visit coincides with the cancellation of options to buy the Anglo/French Concord aircraft by America's PAN-AM and TWA airlines. Newsmen questioned him about Concord's future.