• Short Summary

    A number of twin-engine DC-3 aircraft were handed over to the government of the Khmer Republic as part of an Australian aid programme in a ceremony in Phnom Penh on Wednesday (5 January).

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    A number of twin-engine DC-3 aircraft were handed over to the government of the Khmer Republic as part of an Australian aid programme in a ceremony in Phnom Penh on Wednesday (5 January). Present during the ceremony in the Khmer capital was the Vice-President, Mr. Tim Nguon and the Australian Ambassador, Mr G.B. Feakes.

    SYNOPSIS: Phnom Penh airport... and driving to it on Wednesday was the Australian Ambassador to the Khmer Republic, M. G. Feakes. The Ambassador was attending a ceremony at the airfield in which a number of aircraft were to be handed over to the Khmer Government as part of an Australian aid programme. Shortly after his arrival at the airport, the Australian Ambassador inspected a guard of honour which was drawn up for the occasion. The sense of ceremony was heightened by the presence of a military band which was playing in honour of the moment.

    The Australians were giving the Khmer Republic these venerable twin-engine DC-3 transports. Known as 'workhorses of the sky', this type of 'plane has had an impressive history since it first appeared in the 1930's. The Ambassador took a look at the aircraft with the Khmer Vice-President, Mr. Tim Nguon. The two men discussed the future civil uses to which the DC-3s are to be put.

    The Ambassador capped the ceremony by meeting one of the planes' future pilots.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5NFZ6HQLP7CD1S06P019K87UY
    Media URN:
    VLVA5NFZ6HQLP7CD1S06P019K87UY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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