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    Ambassador Praises U.S. Support on Supersonic Strike Fighter
    "A Tremendous Exercise in Technical and Military Co-operation"
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    Ambassador Praises U.S. Support on Supersonic Strike Fighter
    "A Tremendous Exercise in Technical and Military Co-operation"
    The first British powered Phantom 2 supersonic strike fighter for the British Royal Navy was ceremonially rolled out at the St. Louis, Missouri, works of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, before Britain's Ambassador, Sir Patrick Dean, on Tuesday, June 28.

    Much of the Phantom equipment is of British manufacture and will eventually total some 46 per cent. The Rolls Royce SPEY TURBO-FAN engine provides the power unit which will markedly improve the performance of the original aircraft. About 23 British firms are engaged in making the electronic and other equipment of the 1,600 m.p.h. aircraft, including the Navigation/Attack system.

    Sir Patrick Dean said that the aircraft is unique because, although during and since the second World War each country has used aircraft produced or designed by the other, this is the first occasion in peacetime that a requirement for a major combat aircraft for the British fighting services has been placed with a U.S. manufacturer. He continued:
    A private Jetstar aircraft of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation was made available to fly Sir Patrick Dean to St. Louis for the ceremonies from Washington National Airport directly to the McDonnell's Plant at Lambert Airfield, St. Louis. After fulfilling a number of engagements in St. Louis the British Ambassador planned to fly back to Washington on Wednesday, June 29.

    The order placed with McDonnell for about 200 Phantom aircraft - the F4K for the Navy and the F4M for the Royal Air Force - was finally settled by the British Government after the 1966 Defense review.

    About 23 British firms are engaged in making the electronic and other equipment including the Navigation/Attack system.

    Over 40 per cent of the cost of the Phantom will be met by purchases within the U.K.

    In addition to the 200 British equipped Phantoms, the British Government has ordered further development of the British designed P.1127 as a vertical take-off aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA92QNOG478524ECBXAZJ06I0SX
    Media URN:
    VLVA92QNOG478524ECBXAZJ06I0SX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
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    N/A

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