• Short Summary

    With its water rand land routes cut off, Khmer Republic's beleaguered capital of Phnom Penh now relies solely on American airlifts to bring in its vital supplies of ammunition, rice and spare parts.

  • Description

    With its water rand land routes cut off, Khmer Republic's beleaguered capital of Phnom Penh now relies solely on American airlifts to bring in its vital supplies of ammunition, rice and spare parts.

    From about 1,000 tons in December, the amount rose to 14,000 tons last month. And, this month, the American pilots running the shuttle service from their base in U-Tapao, Thailand, are hoping to deliver 33,000 tons, despite the increased attack on Phnom Penh's airport.

    The airlift operation is run by civilian pilots provided by an American company, under contract to the Pentagon.

    About 80 civilian pilots fly C-130 transport aircraft and DC-8s on the daily runs.

    The pilots, who between them do more than 30 flights a day, say the money they earn is worth the risk they take. They are paid between 2,000 and 4,500 U.S. dollars (about 900 and 2,000 pounds sterling) a month.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2S77I51GNJ110WHSZNJUPB30S
    Media URN:
    VLVA2S77I51GNJ110WHSZNJUPB30S
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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