The only United States combat troops remaining in South Vietnam are a few Air Cavalry Units.
SV United States helicopter pilots (2 shots)
SV Crew enter helicopters
CU Pilot at controls TILT DOWN TO Insignia
GV Helicopters take off
CU Helicopters move away (2 shots)
SV & GV Vietnamese soldiers guard airbase (2 shots)
AERIAL VIEWS Helicopters flying at treetop height searching for Viet Cong (4 shots)
CU Vietnamese crew observing & firing (3 shots)
AERIAL VIEW Village
CU Vietnamese gunner firing
AERIAL VIEW Fires in village
AERIAL VIEW Cobra gunship fires protective cover
AERIAL VIEW Rockets fired at village (5 shots)
AERIAL VIEW Smoke rising from ground (2 shots)
UNITED STATES PILOTS WITH SOUTH VIETNAMESE CREWS; RECONNAISSANCE MISSION AND ATTACK INVOLVING COBRA GUNSHIP AND SMALL OBSERVATION HELICOPTERS.
Initials ESP/1508 ESP/1538
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Background: The only United States combat troops remaining in South Vietnam are a few Air Cavalry Units. They will remain until a ceasefire.
Typical of them are "M" Troop of the 17th Air Cavalry Squadron, whom we see in action in this film. They use Cobra gunships, heavily armed with equipment, including rockets, but also employ tiny observation helicopters which flit along at treetop level, highly manoeuvrable and ideal for spotting Viet Cong in the dense jungles of the region.
The highland cities of Pleiku and Kontum are under heavy pressure from Viet Cong forces, and Highway 14 has not only become impassable to Government forces but is at times blatantly used by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese vehicles.
SYNOPSIS: As talks aimed at bringing peace to Vietnam go on, only a few United States combat units remain. They are the crack helicopter filers, men such as the pilots of "H" troops of the Seventeenth Air Cavalry.
The patrol the countryside around Highway Fourteen, and they'll carry on right up to the time that a cease-fire halts all hostilities.
But the crews and the men who guard the bases are now all South Vietnamese.
The helicopters hunt for the Communist forces which hold the countryside around the highland cities of Pleiku and Kontum. The forces are concentrated in the mountains, but their grips on Highway Fourteen is so storing that it's now closed to Government traffic, while Viet Cong and North Vietnamese vehicles openly travel down it. So the Air Cavalry helicopters buzz around the hillsides, ready to bring their full fire-power to bear on suspicious activity.
The Cobra gunship has become one of the symbols of the war. The most sophisticated equipment and most powerful weaponry in action against an enemy that uses for its defence the simplest and cheapest protection - the jungle. This time the target for the Cobra's venom is a village suspected of being a hinging-place for the Viet Cong. The latest intelligence reports have indicated heavy concentrations of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops in their area.
The reports also say the Communists now fear the helicopter attacks as much as raids big bombers.