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    SOUTH VIETNAMESE SKYRAIDER AIRCRAFT ATTACKED MILITARY TARGETS IN NORTH VIETNAM ON MONDAY. WITH AMERICAN AIRCRAFT?

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    SOUTH VIETNAMESE SKYRAIDER AIRCRAFT ATTACKED MILITARY TARGETS IN NORTH VIETNAM ON MONDAY. WITH AMERICAN AIRCRAFT IN SUPPORT, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE PILOTS BOMBED INSTALLATIONS IN THE AREA OF VINH LINH, JUST TO THE NORTH OF THE BORDER. HEAVY ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE DAMAGED NEARLY ALL THE AIRCRAFT, AND ONE PLANE WAS ADMITTED LOST - BUT THE NORTH VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES CLAIM THEY SHOT DOWN SIX. THE NEXT DAY THE PILOTS TOOK PART IN A COLOURFUL MEDAL PRESENTATION IN SAIGON.

    BRIGADIER NGUYEN CAO KY, THE AIR FORCE COMMANDER WHO LED THE AIR STRIKE HEADER THE 24 PILOTS WHO FLEW FORM THEIR BASE AT DANANG. THERE, A MILITARY BAND, PRETTY GIRLS AND A CHEERING CROWD GAVE EACH PILOT A HERO'S WELCOME. MEDALS WERE PINNED TO THE BREASTS OF EACH PILOT BY GENERAL NGUYEN KHANH AND THEN GIRLS GARLANDED THE YOUNG FLYERS.

    SURROUNDING THE SKYRAIDERS BASE AT DANANG ARE THE FIRST AMERICAN GROUND-TO-AIR- MISSILES TO BE STATIONED IN SOUTH VIETNAM. THEY ARE THE HAWK MISSILES, REGARDED AS HIGHLY EFFICIENT AGAINST LOW-FLYING SINCE THEY ARE EQUIPPED WITH A RADAR-HOMING DEVICE. IT IS CLAIMED THAT HAWK MISSILES CAN BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST AIRCRAFT BETWEEN 50,000 FEET AND 100 FEET. THIS BATTALION OF 500 MEN OPERATES 20 MISSILES LAUNCHERS, EACH ARMED WITH 3 ROCKETS. DANANG BASE IS ONLY ABOUT 50 MILES FROM THE FRONTIERS, AND 375 MILES EAST OF SAIGON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB1S56O2ZCN2LD5R40U4BXWIEN
    Media URN:
    VLVAB1S56O2ZCN2LD5R40U4BXWIEN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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