• Short Summary

    TO MOST OBSERVERS THE WAR AGAINST THE VIET CONG IN SOUTH VIETNAM IS A WAR OF AMBUSH AND COUNTER-AMBUSH IN THE PADDY FIELDS AND JUNGLES OF THE INDO-CHINESE STATE.

  • Description

    TO MOST OBSERVERS THE WAR AGAINST THE VIET CONG IN SOUTH VIETNAM IS A WAR OF AMBUSH AND COUNTER-AMBUSH IN THE PADDY FIELDS AND JUNGLES OF THE INDO-CHINESE STATE. BUT WHILE THE WAR HAS GROWN IN INTENSITY ON THE GROUND IT HAS ALSO TAKEN ON AN ADDED DIMENSION WITH THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE RELYING MORE AND MORE ON AIR POWER TO DELIVER HEAVY COUNTER BLOWS AT THE VIET CONG.

    DURING THE PAST TWO AND HALF YEARS THE VIETNAMESE AIRFORCE HAS TRIPLED THE NUMBER OF ITS AIRCRAFT, AND HAS MADE EVERY EFFORT TO PROCURE THE MOST FIGHTER IT CAN OXFORD AS WELL AS TRANSPORTS AND HELICOPTERS.

    THE BACKBONE OF THE VIETNAMESE AIRFORCE IS THE SKYRAIDER, A PROP-DRIVEN FIGHTER REGARDED AS HIGHLY VERSATILE. THERE ARE ABOUT 100 IN SERVICE WITH THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE AIR ARM AND THEIR AMERICAN ADVISERS CONSIDER THAT VIETNAMESE PILOTS ARE ADEPT AT HANDLING THESE MACHINES.

    THE FIRST BRIEFING EVER ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE VIETNAMESE AND AMERICAN AIRFORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM WAS GIVEN LAST WEEK, (AUGUST 19) BY GENERAL R.R. ROWLAND, CHIEF OF THE AIR FORCE ADVISORY GROUP IN VIETNAM.

    HE DECLINED TO GO INTO DETAILS OF THE RELATIVE NUMBERS OF SORTIES BEING FLOWN BY THE VIETNAMESE AND THEIR U.S. COUNTERPARTS, HOWEVER HE ADMITTED THAT THE VIETNAMESE WERE NOT FLYING MORE THAN ALL OPERATIONAL MISSIONS.

    THE VIETNAMESE AIRFORCE IS BEING TRAINED BY THE U.S. ARMY, THE U.S. AIR FORCE AND THE MARINE CORPS. ABOUT 200 VIETNAMESE GRADUATED AS PILOTS LAST YEAR IN SOUTH VIETNAM, IN ADDITION TO OTHERS TRAINED IN THE UNITED STATES. HELICOPTER PILOTS ARE ALSO BEING TRAINED IN SOUTH VIETNAM TO PROVIDE A PILOT POOL FOR SOUTH VIETNAM'S FOUR HELICOPTER SQUADRONS.

    IT'S BEEN ESTIMATED THAT THE NUMBER OF VIET CONG KILLED IN AIR ACTION ALONE HAS COUNTED FOR MORE THAN 30 PER CENT OF ALL VIET CONG DEAD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5D4XZ3VYJM0JGCKLQR3NGWTVR
    Media URN:
    VLVA5D4XZ3VYJM0JGCKLQR3NGWTVR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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