The Royal Laotian Air Force, with support from the United States, continued its strikes against North Vietnamese positions in the jungles of Laos this month.
GV American-made Harvards taxiing (3 shots)
AIR TO AIR, Harvard flying to target (2 shots)
AERIAL VIEW Target area.
AIR TO AIR, Harvards prepare for attack.
AERIAL VIEW Wooded hill.
AIR TO AIR, aircraft over target.
CU Pilot looking through binoculars.
SV PAN Rocket fired from under wing.
AERIAL VIEW smoke from explosion.
CU Reporter "We've just market the target. Now we're going to go in and clobber it"
GV Aircraft attacking and explosions (8 shots)
CU Reporter "We've just completed our first pass. We're going around again now."
AERIAL VIEW aircraft attacking again (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: "This year's enemy offensive has put new strains on the fir force. There are more missions and more enemy anti-aircraft guns. For the pilots we flew with recently, it was the fifth mission of the day. Except for a short lunch break, they had already spent seven hours in their cockpits. There were five strike planes on the mission, all of them loaded with a complete assortment of lethal ordnance. I flew in the back seat of a strike plane. NBC News cameraman Charles Feckadie flew in the American-piloted back plane which was pin-pointing the target for the strikes. We've just had a target marked here and now we're going to try to go in and clobber it. The target was a Laothian Army outpost that had been over-run the night before. We've just completed our first pass, we're going around again now."
Initials VS/23.05 VS/23.41
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Background: The Royal Laotian Air Force, with support from the United States, continued its strikes against North Vietnamese positions in the jungles of Laos this month. Official details of the air war have been scarce, and news reports say that America's Central Intelligence Agency is involved.
Recently, however, a reporter and a cameraman of the National Broadcasting Company of America were allowed to fly on a combat mission. The film which they brought back, shown here, is one of the more dramatic of the south-east Asian war, although the strike they flew on was militarily routine. The natural sound on the track is equally dramatic, and the reporter's in-flight narration provides a running commentary on the strike. A written VISNEWS introduction to the film is provided overpage, with the on-film narration brought up ONLY at the relevant point.
SYNOPSIS: South East Asia.....and the Royal Laotian Air Force, sometimes using aircraft manufactured in the United States, continued their air war against North Vietnamese jungle positions in Laos during March. Official details from this particular front-line action, conducted with American help, are scarce. News reports say the American Central Intelligence Agency -- the C.I.A. -- is involved in the campaign. Recently, however, an American reporter and cameraman were allowed to fly on a combat mission. They brought bank this film.......