• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES REVOLUTIONARY F-III FIGHTER-BOMBER, HAS UNDERGONE ITS ONE HUNDREDTH TEST FLIGHT -- AND DESIGNERS AND MILITARY EXPERTS HAVE PRONOUNCED THEMSELVES VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS.

  • Description


    PLANE IN FLIGHT - WITH NATURAL SOUND EFFECTS, AND SOUND OF PILOT SPEAKING WHILE FLYING.




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    EDITORS: NATURAL SOUND MAYBE USED THROUGHOUT

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    Background: THE UNITED STATES REVOLUTIONARY F-III FIGHTER-BOMBER, HAS UNDERGONE ITS ONE HUNDREDTH TEST FLIGHT -- AND DESIGNERS AND MILITARY EXPERTS HAVE PRONOUNCED THEMSELVES VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS.

    FIVE F-III ARE NOW FLYING. IN THE HUNDRED TEST FLIGHTS -- MOSTLY FROM THE CARSWELL AIR FORCE BASE IN TEXAS -- THEY HAVE LOGGED ALMOST ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY HOURS IN THE AIR.

    THE UNITED STATES DEFENCE DEPARTMENT HAVE SET GREAT FAITH IN THE SUCCESS OF THESE AIRCRAFT. THEY HAVE ORDERED TWO BILLION DOLLARS WORTH -- ENOUGH TO BUY ALMOST FIVE HUNDRED OF THEM. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT THINKS THAT THE INVESTMENT WILL BE WORTH IT. THE REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN OF THIS AIRCRAFT MAKES IT VERY VERSATILE -- AND THEREFORE ABLE TO DO THE JOBS OF SEVERAL OTHER PLANES COMBINED
    TO THE LAYMAN THE MOST OBVIOUS REVOLUTIONARY FEATURE. OF THE F-III IS THE WING. THIS CAN SWEEP BACK AND FORWARD. WHEN THE WINGS ARE FULLY EXTENDED THE PLANE CAN TAKE THE ROLE OF A BOMBER, FLYING SLOWLY AND CARRYING HEAVY BOMB LOADS. WHEN THE WINGS ARE MOVED INTO THE SWEPT-BACK POSITIONS THE AIRCRAFT BECOMES A SUPERSONIC FIGHTER WITH SPEEDS OF MORE THAN TWO AND A HALF TIMES THAT OF SOUND -- NEARLY TWO THOUSAND MILES AN HOUR.

    THE TEST FLIGHTS HAVE REVEALED A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS. CHIEF AMONG THEM IS THE OVERHEATING OF THE TWIN JET ENGINES AT HIGH SPEED. ENGINEERS AND DESIGNERS HAVE GONE BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARDS TO SEE IF THEY CAN PRODUCE A MORE SUITABLE ENGINE -- AND THEY HOPE TO BE ABLE TO INSTALL ONE BEFORE LONG.

    THE WEIGHT OF THE PLANE HAS BEEN A MAJOR PROBLEM. THE ENGINEERS WRESTLED WITH THIS ONE FOR A LONG TIME AND FINALLY DECIDED THAT, AS IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO APPRECIABLY REDUCE THE WEIGHT OF THE AIRCRAFT, THEY WOULD HAVE TO REDESIGN THE WINGS TO GIVE THE PLANE MORE LIFT.

    THE F-III'S MAIN RIVAL, THE BRITISH BUILT AND DESIGNED SR-2 WAS SCRAPPED BY THE LABOUR GOVERNMENT AS BEING TOO EXPENSIVE. MORE THAN GBP300 MILLION STERLING HAD BEEN SPENT IN IT. THE F-III SHOULD BE FULLY OPERATIONAL AND IN SERVICE BY 1967.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5E6BJ0X6UQ5MN9OHGB6AZGP3V
    Media URN:
    VLVA5E6BJ0X6UQ5MN9OHGB6AZGP3V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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