• Short Summary

    Bodo - Norway's Arctic air base to which Captain Francis Powers' ill-fated U-2 shot down over Sverdlosk, USSR, May 1 was reported flying - still stands and prospers, despite threats from Soviet Premier Khrushchev that such bases would be destroyed.

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    Bodo - Norway's Arctic air base to which Captain Francis Powers' ill-fated U-2 shot down over Sverdlosk, USSR, May 1 was reported flying - still stands and prospers, despite threats from Soviet Premier Khrushchev that such bases would be destroyed.

    The town has a small reputation as a tourist resort, but that's about all. American U-2 pilot Powers interest in it concerned not the port itself, but the NATO airbase there. It's strategically situated for polar flights across the world, but is only one link in the Western defence system. And as always, where military secrets are concerned, there's a ban on the passerby getting to know what goes on inside the base. But the town itself welcomes visitors, and the tourist provides much of its prosperity.

    This year's holiday season has not been affected by Soviet Premier Khrushchev's threat of attack by rockets. Bodo is one of the places he had in mind when he gave that warning in June. He said then that Soviet Defence Minister Malinovsky's order to attack with rockets any base from which foreign planes invaded Soviet air space should be taken literally.

    The little town, heard this his words, and carried on with its main industry - the preparation of sea delicacies for Norway and the Western world. Work like this has been going on for nearly 150 year years, since Bodo was first founded as a fishing centre.

    Much of Bodo's fishing fleet survival the last war, but the town was largely destroyed by German bombers in 1940. The Germans fulfilled their threat; now the community's 12,000 people wonder whether Mr. Khrushchev's will be realised. Meanwhile, Bodo flourishes as a strategic air base, a fishing port, and a tourist centre for the Midnight Sun.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAEKRIZMPD42EJXVZ9NDGGCHYX
    Media URN:
    VLVAAEKRIZMPD42EJXVZ9NDGGCHYX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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