• Short Summary

    F-104 JETS FROM THE 479th TACTICAL FIGHTER WING WERE SENT TO VIETNAM A LAST SPRING, WHEN IT APPEARED THE COMMUNISTS WERE GOING TO USE MIG INTERCEPTORS TO CHALLENGE U-S BOMBING RAIDS ON NORTH VIETNAM.

  • Description

    F-104 JETS FROM THE 479th TACTICAL FIGHTER WING WERE SENT TO VIETNAM A LAST SPRING, WHEN IT APPEARED THE COMMUNISTS WERE GOING TO USE MIG INTERCEPTORS TO CHALLENGE U-S BOMBING RAIDS ON NORTH VIETNAM. BUT AFTER A FEW BRIEF SKIRMISHES, THE MIG THREAT EVAPORATED, AND FOR THE F-104 PILOTS, IT BECAME A ROUTINE AND UNEVENTFUL TOUR OF DUTY...SO UNEVENTFUL, IN FACT, THE F-104'S WERE PUT TO WORK ON BOMBING AND STRAFING RUNS IN SOUTH VIETNAM. YESTERDAY (MONDAY), THE LAST F-104'S FROM SOUTH VIETNAM RETURNED TO CALIFORNIA...THEIR DUTIES TAKEN OVER BY ALL-PURPOSE PLANES. WITH SUPPLY LINES ALREADY STRETCHED THIN, THE U-S SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD THE LUXURY OF A FIGHTER PLANE THAT HAS NO MIGS TO FIGHT.

    BUT THE MIG THREAT MAY SOON REAPPEAR, AND BECAUSE OF THAT, THE EXPERIENCE OF THE RETURNING F-104 PILOTS IS BEING PUT TO USE. ROY NEAL HAS THAT STORY ATTENDED ONE OF THEIR ???

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABF9LFWP28XKRHI8YHNKEGXGHZ
    Media URN:
    VLVABF9LFWP28XKRHI8YHNKEGXGHZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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