• Short Summary

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE VIETNAM CONFLICT, THE PROPELLOR-DRIVEN SKYRAIDER FIGHTER BOMBERS BASED AT PLEIKU, IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS, ARE BEING FITTED WITH MINI-GUNS.

  • Description

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE VIETNAM CONFLICT, THE PROPELLOR-DRIVEN SKYRAIDER FIGHTER BOMBERS BASED AT PLEIKU, IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS, ARE BEING FITTED WITH MINI-GUNS. THEY WILL BE USED AGAINST THE COMMUNIST-BACKED VIETCONG.

    THE MINI-GUN, A FEARSOME WEAPON WITH DEADLY ACCURACY, WILL AUGMENT THE 4X20 MM CANNON THE SKYRAIDER ALREADY CARRIERS. THE NEW WEAPON WHICH HAS DEVASTATING EFFECT, IS CAPABLE OF FIRING 7.62 MM SHELLS AT THE RATE OF 6,000 PER MINUTE. ITS NORMAL THREE-SECOND BURST WILL FIRE 300 ROUNDS.

    EACH SKYRAIDER WILL BE FITTED WITH TWO MINI-GUNS ON EACH WING.

    THE SKYRAIDERS, WORKHORSES OF THE VIETNAM WAR, ARE CONSIDERED IDEALLY SUITED TO CONDITIONS IN VIETNAM. THEY CAN CARRY A GREAT VARIETY OF WEAPONS: CANNONS, ROCKETS, BOMBS, MACHINE GUNS, IT CAN FLY AT SLOW SPEEDS ALLOWING FOR GREAT ACCURACY WHEN BOMBING OR STRAFFING.

    RECENTLY, A SKYRAIDER WAS FITTED WITH THE NEW WEAPON. PILOT FOR THE TEST FLIGHT WAS CAPTAIN DICK ROEHM OF EVERETT, WASHINGTON, U.S.A. HE IS ALSO THE ARMAMENTS OFFICER AT PLEIKU. HE HAS FLOWN NEARLY 250 MISSIONS IN VIETNAM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEWI3YCA3PNLMQ82XYNIRIEAE9
    Media URN:
    VLVAEWI3YCA3PNLMQ82XYNIRIEAE9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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