• Short Summary

    PROVING THAT HIGH SPEED AND HIGH FUEL CONSUMPTION OF THE JET FIGHTER IS NO LONGER A BAR TO LONG-RANGE FLIGHT, 18 F-104 STARFIGHTERS OF THE "BLUE KNIGHTS" SQUADRON HAVE FLOWN DIRECT FROM CALIFORNIA TO SPAIN.

  • Description

    PROVING THAT HIGH SPEED AND HIGH FUEL CONSUMPTION OF THE JET FIGHTER IS NO LONGER A BAR TO LONG-RANGE FLIGHT, 18 F-104 STARFIGHTERS OF THE "BLUE KNIGHTS" SQUADRON HAVE FLOWN DIRECT FROM CALIFORNIA TO SPAIN.

    THE STARFIGHTERS LEFT THE GEORGE AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA, ON SUNDAY NIGHT AND TEN HOURS LATER LANDED AT THE MORON AIR FORCE BASE IN SPAIN, A DISTANCE OF SIX THOUSAND MILES (9,500 KILOMETRES), DOUBLING THE PREVIOUS NON-STOP JOURNEY OF THE F 104'S.

    THE RECORD-SHATTERING RUN WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY KC-135 AERIAL TANKERS OF THE STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND WHICH ACCOMPANIED THE FIGHTERS THROUGHOUT THE TRIP, REFUELLING THEM WHEN NECESSARY. THIS ELIMINATED THE NEED TO RENDEZVOUS WITH TANKER AIRCRAFT BASED ALONG THE ROUTE, AS USED IN PREVIOUS LONG DISTANCE FLIGHTS.

    AN AIR FORCE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FLIGHT OFFERED DRAMATIC EVIDENCE OF THE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND'S INCREASING ABILITY TO DEPLOY ITS FIGHTERS TO ANY POINT ON THE GLOBE IN A MINIMUM OF TIME. HE SAID HE EXPECTED SUCH NON-STOP FLIGHTS TO BECOME THE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE FOR TRANSFERRING F-104'S IN THE FUTURE, REMOVING THE DRUDGERY OF DRAGGING A TRIP OUT OVER TWO OR THREE DAYS WITH OVERNIGHT REFUELLING STOPS.

    THE "BLUE KNIGHTS" -- OFFICIALLY KNOWN AS THE 476TH TACTICAL FIGHTER WING -- HAVE ENGAGED IN A SERIES OF DEPLOYMENT MISSIONS IN RECENT YEARS. THEY FLEW TO FLORIDA DURING THE CUBAN CRISIS IN 1962 AND ALSO COMPLETED A ROTATIONAL DEPLOYMENT MISSION TO GERMANY THAT YEAR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAATLRNY97PHP9ARDVGXBB0MKOP
    Media URN:
    VLVAATLRNY97PHP9ARDVGXBB0MKOP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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