• Short Summary

    COLONEL ROBERT OLDS OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FLEW INTO SAIGON FROM HIS THAILAND BASE RECENTLY.

  • Description


    PLANE LANDING; OLDS OUT OF PLANE TO BE GREETED BY BRIGADIER GENERAL NICHOLS.



    TRANSCRIPT: COLONEL OLDS: "SO WE DISENGAGED. ALL THE REST OF MY PEOPLE HAD LEFT ON MY ORDERS. STEVE AND I DISENGAGED AND WENT OUT A COUPLE OF MILES AND TURNED ROUND AND COME BACK IN AGAIN VERY LOW INDEED, 20 TO 50 FEET, TO GET DOWN BELOW THIS PARTICULAR MIG WHICH WE SUCCEEDED IN DOING AND HE TURNED TAIL AND STARTED RUNNING THEN. HE WAS GOING UP (INAUDIBLE) VALLEYS, SO WE GOT DOWN EVEN LOWER AND THEN I KNEW HE WAS EITHER GOING TO HAVE TO HIT THE HILL OR POP UP OVER THAT RIDGE AHEAD OF US. HE CHOSE TO POP UP OVER THE RIDGE AND THEN HE APPEARED ABOVE THE GROUND LINE. I FIRED A MISSILE AT HIM WHICH EXPLODED RIGHT NEAR HIS TAIL AND KNOCKED PIECES OFF. SINCE STEVE AND I WERE OUT OF MISSILES, FUEL AND IDEAS, IT WAS TIME TO GO AND WAS LEFT. EXTREME VICIOUSNESS, AGGRESSIVENESS, AND PERHAPS THESE ARE THE SAME PILOTS THAT HAVE BEEN THERE ALL THE TIME, BUT THEY JUST HAVEN'T BEEN ALLOWED TO FIGHT UNTIL NOW. MAYBE THAT'S WHY. I THINK DURING THE WINTER MONTHS, WHEN THE WEATHER UP THERE WAS FRIGHTFUL, WE COULDN'T GET IN AS OFTEN, PERHAPS THEY DID A LOT OF TRAINING, DID THEIR HOMEWORK. THEY HAD TIME, FUEL PERHAPS, BUT I WOULD MAKE MY PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS THAT THE WHOLE ATMOSPHERE UP THERE IN THE DELTA IS TOUGHER NOW THAN BEFORE. AND I DRAW THE CONCLUSION FROM THIS THAT WE'RE HURTING HIM."




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    Background: COLONEL ROBERT OLDS OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FLEW INTO SAIGON FROM HIS THAILAND BASE RECENTLY. THE COLONEL, WHO IS 44 YEARS OLD, HAS DOWNED FOUR MIG AIRCRAFT OVER NORTH VIETNAM. WITH ANOTHER KILL, HE WILL BE DECLARED AMERICA'S FIRST "ACE" IN VIETNAM.

    PILOTING HIS SUPERSONIC F-4C PHANTOM, COLONEL OLDS WAS WELCOMED BY BRIGADIER GENERAL F.A. NICHOLS, DEPUTY COMMANDER OF THE 7TH UNITED STATES AIR FORCE IN VIETNAM.

    AS A FIGHTER PILOT IN WORLD WAR II COLONEL OLDS MARKED UP TWO "KILLS" AGAINST THE GERMAN AIR FORCE. IN SAIGON HE GAVE A NEWS CONFERENCE, DURING WHICH HE DESCRIBED ONE OF HIS ACTIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB9CLC5KMTJ2K0S5JNXK13QHZB
    Media URN:
    VLVAB9CLC5KMTJ2K0S5JNXK13QHZB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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