• Short Summary

    Despite the New Year ceasefire in Vietnam, the South Vietnamese airforce has stepped up its missions over Laos and Cambodia where there is no such agreement in force.

  • Description

    Despite the New Year ceasefire in Vietnam, the South Vietnamese airforce has stepped up its missions over Laos and Cambodia where there is no such agreement in force. The banks of the Cuu Long River, which meanders through Laos and Cambodia, is a major infiltration route for the North Vietnamese. The South Vietnamese regard the region as a fire free zone and is regularly patrolled by Vietnam Air Force CA-119'S, also known as Shadows. A converted World War Two all-purpose transport aircraft, the Shadow cruises at 140 miles an hour at a low altitude. But despite its age and speed, the Shadow is one of the most vicious aircraft being used in the war. Each aircraft is equipped with four machineguns mounted to its side each capable of delivering 6,000 rounds of 7.62 caliber shell a minute. Each gun is coupled with infrared sighting equipment for night operations. The effectiveness of the Shadows is hard to gouge, but they've become one of the most feared anti-personnel weapons of the war.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABRYLKMB6I85KFD4SB40NELMI
    Media URN:
    VLVABRYLKMB6I85KFD4SB40NELMI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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