Cambodian forces are currently fighting with only two World War Two fighter-bombers for air support--and Visnews cameraman Lee Yosep has flown in one of them for exclusive coverage of an air strike.
GV Piston engined aircraft taxing past gutted hangar
GV Gutted hangars & wrecked aircraft fuselage & other debris
GV Piston-engined aircraft at end of runway
SCU Fitter checking rocket canisters under aircraft wings(2 shots)
SV Rockets fitted into canister
SV Fitters loading aircraft machine guns(2 shots)
SV Pilot strapping into cockpit (2 shots)
GV Aircraft taxing down runway
AIR TO AIR Aircraft over airport
Ditto Aircraft flying
CU Machine-gun firing & rockets being launched (2 shots)
AIR TO AIR targets burning along river
GV Smoke rising from targets
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Background: Cambodian forces are currently fighting with only two World War Two fighter-bombers for air support--and Visnews cameraman Lee Yosep has flown in one of them for exclusive coverage of an air strike.
The Cambodian Air Force was virtually wiped out by last month's daring Viet Cong raid on Phnom Penh Airport. But the critical shortage of air power is counter-balanced by current pledges of heavy American air support for Cambodian troops.
Lee Yosep found Phnom Penh airport still a shambles. Inside the gutted hangars, he filmed the wreckage of Cambodian MIG-17 jets which had been destroyed in the commando attack.
The two remaining T-28 piston-engined fighter-bombers are in the air almost continuously flying support missions for ground forces.
Lee managed to squeeze aboard during one air strike and produced a real scoop -- the first coverage of a Cambodian attack to be filmed from the air.
He also discovered that the Cambodian aircraft were guided to their target by an American spotter flying in a light observation