• Short Summary

    WITH THE INCREASING USE OF JET BOMBERS BY THE UNITED STATES IN THEIR ATTACKS ON THE VIETCONG IN SOUTH VIETNAM, PRESSURE ON AIRSTRIP FACILITIES IN THAT COUNTRY HAS INCREASED.

  • Description

    WITH THE INCREASING USE OF JET BOMBERS BY THE UNITED STATES IN THEIR ATTACKS ON THE VIETCONG IN SOUTH VIETNAM, PRESSURE ON AIRSTRIP FACILITIES IN THAT COUNTRY HAS INCREASED. IN RECENT WEEKS A BATTALION OF CEEBEE'S (AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION GROUPS) HAS BEEN WORKING ROUND-THE-CLOCK TO COMPLETE A NEW AIR BASE AT CHU LAI, 50 MILES (80 KMS) SOUTH OF DA NANG.

    A FEW WEEKS AGO THIS AREA WAS NOTHING BUT SAND -- DOTTED WITH A FEW STUNTED PINE TREES. NOW, THE AIRFIELD IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING COMPLETION. THE ACTUAL LANDING STRIP IS PARTLY COMPLETED -- BUT IT IS STILL TOO SHORT TO ALLOW THE MARINE JET SKYHAWKS TO LAND AND TAKE-OFF NORMALLY. SO, ARRESTING CABLES ARE USED, SIMILAR TO THOSE EMPLOYED ON AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AT SEA -- AND THE AIRCRAFT ROAR IN AND OUT AMONG THE BULLDOZERS. WHEN THE STRIP IS COMPLETE IT WILL BE ABLE TO CATER FOR THE LARGEST MILITARY JET AIRCRAFT.

    CHU LAI IS CLOSE TO THE COAST -- AND IS STRATEGICALLY PLACED WITHIN RANGE OF THE DENSE JUNGLES OF CENTRAL SOUTH VIETNAM -- SUSPECTED HIDEOUT OF MANY THOUSANDS OF VIETCONG. EVEN WITH THE AIRFIELD UNCOMPLETED, SKYHAWKS LEAVE DAILY ON COMBAT MISSIONS, LOADED WITH ROCKETS, AND BOMBS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9VDRVW5XIE137JEVNBBUXMNPU
    Media URN:
    VLVA9VDRVW5XIE137JEVNBBUXMNPU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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