• Short Summary

    A SQUADRON OF FC-47 AIRCRAFT BELONGING TO THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HAVE RECENTLY GONE INTO SERVICE WITH AMERICAN FORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM AS "FIRE SUPPORT" AIRCRAFT.

  • Description

    A SQUADRON OF FC-47 AIRCRAFT BELONGING TO THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HAVE RECENTLY GONE INTO SERVICE WITH AMERICAN FORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM AS "FIRE SUPPORT" AIRCRAFT. THIS MEANS THE AIRCRAFT WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT FRIENDLY FORCES IN ACTION AGAINST THE VIETCONG. THE AIRCRAFT ARE EQUIPPED WITH MODERN MINI-GUNS EACH OF WHICH IS ABLE TO FIRE AS MANY AS 6,000 ROUNDS A MINUTE.

    THE FC-47 AIRCRAFT ARE BETTER KNOWN TO CIVILIANS AS DC-3's. CIVILIAN MODELS OF THESE PLANES WERE ONCE SEEN ON ALMOST EVERY MAJOR AIRPORT IN THE WORLD -- AND THERE ARE MANY COUNTRIES WHERE THEY STILL PLAY A BIG PART IN THE AIR NETWORKS.

    IN SOUTH VIETNAM THE AIRCRAFT WILL HAVE A NUMBER OF SUPPLEMENTARY TASKS AS WELL AS THE MAIN ONE OF BEING "FIRE SUPPORT" CRAFT. THEY MAY BE USED TO BACK UP HEAVY AIR STRIKES BY JET BOMBERS -- OR AS LONG ENDURANCE ESCORTS FOR CONVOYS. THE FUEL CAPACITY OF THOSE AIRCRAFT MEANS THAT THEY COULD LOITERS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME NEAR THE TARGET AREA.

    THE PROTOTYPE HAS BEEN IN SOUTH VIETNAM FOR SOME TIME. IT HAS BECOME AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AMONG AMERICAN SERVICEMEN THERE AS "PUFF, THE MAGIC DRAGON". THE NICKNAME DERIVES FROM THE ROAR OF THE GUNS -- WHICH IN A SINGLE AIRCRAFT HAVE A COMBINED FIREPOWER OF 18,000 ROUNDS A MINUTE -- AND THE FLAME FORM THE TRACER BULLETS WHICH SOMETIMES SEEMS TO FORM A SOLID STREAM OF FIRE FROM THE AIRCRAFT TO THE GROUND.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7ZWNKGGSW6ZC1WFYYWY90YP9X
    Media URN:
    VLVA7ZWNKGGSW6ZC1WFYYWY90YP9X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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