• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES IS SENDING 75 SKYRAIDER BOMBERS TO SOUTH VIET NAM TO REPLACE WAR WORN AIRCRAFT BEING FLOWN THERE.

  • Description

    THE UNITED STATES IS SENDING 75 SKYRAIDER BOMBERS TO SOUTH VIET NAM TO REPLACE WAR WORN AIRCRAFT BEING FLOWN THERE. A MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAID 25 OF THE SKYRAIDERS WOULD BE THE SINGLE SEAT A-IH TYPE FOR USE BY THE VIETNAMESE AIR FORCE, WHICH ALREADY FLIES THIS KIND. THE 50 OTHERS ARE TO BE OF THE A-IE TYPE WITH TWO SEATS, TO BE FLOWN BY AMERICAN PILOTS WITH VIETNAMESE OBSERVERS. DELIVERY OF THE PLANES AND FULL MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT IS TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN TWO OR THREE MONTHS.

    THE MOVE FOLLOWED CONTROVERSY OVER THE TWO TYPES OF AIRPLANES THAT UP UNTIL NOW HAVE BEEN FLOWN BY US AIR FORCE PILOTS IN SOUTH VIET NAM. IT WAS CHARGED THAT THE PLANES-T-28 TRAINERS AND B-26 FIGHTER-BOMBERS, WHICH WERE RECENTLY GROUNDED HAD CAUSED THE DEATHS OF TWO PILOTS. THE AIR FORCE REPLIED THAT ONE OR POSSIBLY TWO OF 72 AIRPLANES ESPECIALLY MODIFIED FOR USE IN VIETNAM NIGHT HAVE FAILED STRUCTURALLY IN NON-COMBAT ACCIDENTS.

    THE B-26S-NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE WORLD WAR II BOMBERS OF THE SAME DESIGNATION WERE WITHDRAWN FROM SOUTH VIET NAM AFTER AN ACCIDENT TO ONE OF THEM IN THE U.S. THE AIR FORCE SAID THEY WOULD NOT BE SENT BACK. APPARENTLY, THE SKYRAIDERS WILL REPLACE THEM.

    THE B-26S ARE BEING MODIFIED AND STRENGTHENED. THE APPARENTLY HAVE BEEN WEAKENED BY LONG YEARS OF USE.

    PEN TAGON OFFICIALS ALSO STRESSED, IN ANSWER TO RISING DEMANDS THAT MODERN JET FIGHTERS BE SENT TO SOUTH VIET NAM, THAT AIR FORCE EXPERTS PREFERRED THE PISTON-ENGINED PLANES.

    THE AGREEMENTS THAT ENDED THE FRENCH-INDOCHINA WAR FORBID THE INTRODUCTION OF JET PLANES AND THE US ALTHOUGH NOT A SIGNATORY, HAS RESPECTED THE PROVISION. ENDS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2SALFH2Q9KAB9KIVDEARO68IT
    Media URN:
    VLVA2SALFH2Q9KAB9KIVDEARO68IT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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