• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES HU-IA STRIKE HELICOPTER HAS TAKEN ON A NEW SIGNIFICANCE IN SOUTH VIETNAM ANTI-GUERILLA WARFARE SINCE VIETCONG FORCES SHOT DOWN EIGHT OF 15 TROOP-CARRYING HELICOPTERS TWO WEEKS AGO.

  • Description

    THE UNITED STATES HU-IA STRIKE HELICOPTER HAS TAKEN ON A NEW SIGNIFICANCE IN SOUTH VIETNAM ANTI-GUERILLA WARFARE SINCE VIETCONG FORCES SHOT DOWN EIGHT OF 15 TROOP-CARRYING HELICOPTERS TWO WEEKS AGO.

    DRIVEN BY TURBINES AT MORE THAN 100 MPH AND EQUIPPED WITH 16 ROCKETS AND TWO MACHINE-GUNS, IT IS EXTREMELY AGILE AND MORE HEAVILY ARMED THAN ANY WORLD WAR TWO FIGHTER PLANE.

    THE HU-IA IS WIDELY USED IN SOUTH VIETNAM AS AN ESCORT TO PROTECT H-21 TROOP-CARRYING HELICOPTERS. IT IS THESE THAT HAVE BEEN SUFFERING BADLY FROM GROUND ATTACKS. THE MOMENT OF GREATEST DANGER FOR A HELICOPTER IS THE TEN SECOND OR SO IT MUST STAY ON THE GROUND TO UNLOAD ITS TROOPS ON AN ENEMY OBJECTS.

    THIS DANGER HAS BEEN PARTLY OFFSET BY THE NEW ATTACK HELICOPTERS. THE HU-1A, FLYING WITH THE TROOP CARRIERS, PROVIDES AN ALMOST STATIONARY PLATFORM FOR ITS BATTERY OF ROCKETS AND MACHINE-GUNS TO FIRE WITH GREAT ACCURACY.

    HELICOPTERS HOVERING OVER FLEEING VIETCONG UNITS SOMETIMES HAVE CAPTURED GUERRILLAS JUST BY AIMING THEIR WEAPONS FROM THE AIR AND WAITING FOR GROUND TROOPS TO ARRIVE TO TIE UP THE PRISONERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8A8HEKRKSZG9M2DRC96QS80IP
    Media URN:
    VLVA8A8HEKRKSZG9M2DRC96QS80IP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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