• Short Summary

    A SQUADRON OF ROYAL AUSTRALIAN JET FIGHTERS TOOK ITS PLACE THIS WEEK AT THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR BASE AT BUTTERWORTH IN NORTH MALAYA.

  • Description

    1.
    MLS MIRAGE JET FIGHTERS AT BASE (TWO SHOTS)
    0.08

    2.
    MS PILOTS
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    3.
    CU PILOTS NAME "FT LT. RICHARDSON"
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    4.
    LS MIRAGE
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    5.
    LS PILOTS TO TOWARD AIRCRAFT
    0.20

    6.
    MLS PILOT INTO COCKPIT
    0.38

    7.
    LS MORE JET FIGHTERS
    0.41

    8.
    LS ONE OF THE MIRAGE TAX??? OUT (THREE SHOTS)
    0.50

    9.
    LS TAKES OFF (TWO SHOTS)
    1.05



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    Background: A SQUADRON OF ROYAL AUSTRALIAN JET FIGHTERS TOOK ITS PLACE THIS WEEK AT THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR BASE AT BUTTERWORTH IN NORTH MALAYA. ITS THE FIRST TIME THAT A SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT SQUADRON IS BEING BASED IN MALAYSIA.

    NO 5 MIRAGE JET FIGHTER SQUADRON WAS FORMED DURING THE DARKEST DAYS OF THE PACIFIC WAR WHEN TRIUMPHANT JAPANESE FORCES HAD SWEPT SOUTHWARD IN VICTORY AFTER VICTORY. THE SQUADRON, EQUIPPED WITH KITTYHAWK FIGHTERS, FOUGHT AGAINST HEAVY ODDS TO HELP PROVE THE FIRST FLICKER OF HOPE THAT THE TIDE OF BATTLE COULD BE TURNED. IT WAS BASED, AT THAT TIME, AT PORT MORESBY IN NEW GUINEA.

    THESE FORMIDABLE JETS, LINED UP FOR INSPECTION AT THE BASE TARE HIGH SPEED, HIGH ALTITUDE INTERCEPTOR FIGHTERS. THEY ARE CAPABLE OF SPEEDS IN EXCESS OF 1,300 MPH. A VARIETY OF WEAPONS SYSTEMS CAN BE CARRIED ON THE AIRCRAFT, INCLUDING MISSILES AND ROCKETS.

    THIS IS PART OF THE MILITARY STRENGTH BY COMMONWEALTH FORCES BASED IN THE AREA FOR THE DEFENCE OF SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA. AUSTRALIA, APART FROM ITS OWN DEFENCE COMMITMENTS, HAS PROMISED MORE MILITARY AID TO THE TWO NATIONS WHICH ARE NOW FACING A POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF BRITISH FORCES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5JKFUM0DZFYXTIDLIXOYKN3WW
    Media URN:
    VLVA5JKFUM0DZFYXTIDLIXOYKN3WW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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