• Short Summary

    The South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) heavy transport (Hercules) Squadrons flew their first missions on Sunday (14 January)
    The Squadrons became fully operational following a month's intensive training of South Vietnam pilots at Nga Trang in South Vietnam's Central Highlands.

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    The South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) heavy transport (Hercules) Squadrons flew their first missions on Sunday (14 January)
    The Squadrons became fully operational following a month's intensive training of South Vietnam pilots at Nga Trang in South Vietnam's Central Highlands. Two Squadrons flew missions on Sunday to the Northern Highlands with ammunition and food supplies for troops in the area.

    The Hercules (C-130), which the South Vietnamese are now using full time, are some of the aircraft rushed in by the United States last November to re-equip the country in case of a ceasefire. Prior to the buildup of the VNAF, the South Vietnamese had virtually no heavy transport aircraft, their largest being the 2-engine C-123.

    To cope with the build-up the VNAF launched an intensive training programme in which United States advisers instructed South Vietnamese pilots in the handling of the C-130.

    Now the VNAF has become the fourth largest air force in the world.

    SYNOPSIS: The South Vietnamese Air Force Hercules Squadrons have become fully operational following a month's intensive training of the pilots by United States advisers.

    On Sunday, Hercules pilots and crewmen were briefed for their first mission, a supply run over the Northern Highlands with a cargo of ammunition and food.

    The Hercules aircraft which the South Vietnamese are now using, are those rushed in by the United States last November in a bid to boost the country's air force in case of a ceasefire.

    Over the past month, South Vietnamese pilots have been submitted to an intensive training programme in handling the Hercules. Prior to the recent build-up of the air force, the South Vietnamese had virtually no heavy transport aircraft. Their largest was the two-engine C-123.

    The South Vietnamese Air Force has had difficulty in recruiting trainee pilots with the necessary educational qualifications. However there's bean no shortage of volunteers for instruction by United States advisers.

    South Vietnam has the fourth largest air force in the world and the reputation of its pilots is soaring.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA866BV95DXNQLH9YNPH7QKRWNF
    Media URN:
    VLVA866BV95DXNQLH9YNPH7QKRWNF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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