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    FIVE-THOUSAND BRITISH AIRCRAFT WORKERS MARCHED THROUGH LONDON TODAY (TUESDAY) AS A PROTEST AGAINST THE NEW LABOUR GOVERNMENT'S POLICY FOR THE AVIATION INDUSTRY.

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    FIVE-THOUSAND BRITISH AIRCRAFT WORKERS MARCHED THROUGH LONDON TODAY (TUESDAY) AS A PROTEST AGAINST THE NEW LABOUR GOVERNMENT'S POLICY FOR THE AVIATION INDUSTRY.

    BANNERS EXPRESSED THEIR DISCONTENT OVER THE GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO BUY AMERICAN AIRCRAFT. THE MARCHERS CARRIED A COFFIN REPRESENTING THE MURDERED INDUSTRY. POLICE ON HORSEBACK ESCORTED THE THREE-QUARTER MILE LONG PROCESSION.

    THREE DEPUTATIONS LEFT THE MARCH - ONE WENT TO DOWNING STREET TO HAND IN A PETITION TO PRIME MINISTER WILSON, ANOTHER WENT TO LOBBY MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AT WESTMINSTER, AND A THIRD WENT TO THE DEFENCE MINISTRY. THE DOWNING STREET GROUP'S PETITION CONTAINED 5,000 SIGNATURES.

    THE WORKERS, FROM SEVERAL HAWKER SIDDELEY FACTORIES AFFECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT'S CANCELLATION OF CONTRACTS, WERE JOINED BY ABOUT 1,000 MEN FROM THE BRITISH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION.

    AMERICAN AIRCRAFT ARE TO REPLACE THE HAWKER SIDDELEY P1154 FIGHTER AND THE HS681 MILITARY TRANSPORT. BAC MAKE THE LOW-LEVEL TSR-2 SUPERSONIC STRIKE BOMBER WHOSE FUTURE IS IN THE BALANCE.

    IN PARLIAMENT, LABOUR WON THE DAY FOR ITS AVIATION POLICY - BY JUST FIVE VOTES, THE LOWEST MAJORITY SINCE IT TOOK UP OFFICE IN OCTOBER. DEFENCE MINISTER DENIS HEALEY TOLD THE HOUSE THERE WAS A DANGER THAT SOME AIRCRAFT USED BY BRITAIN, THOSE CONTINUALLY IN USE FOR OPERATION, MIGHT FALL APART.

    IN ONE BOUT OF UPROAR PRIME MINISTER WILSON WALKED OUT. BUT HE RETURNED WHEN IT SUBSIDED. THE AIR MINISTER. MR. ROY JENKINS SAID BRITAIN IS TO HAVE CLOSER TIES WITH EUROPE - AT LEAST IN THE FIELD OF AIRCRAFT - AS WELL AS WITH THE UNITED STATES.

    THE MINISTER DENIED THE OPPOSITION CHARGE THAT THIS WAS THE END OF THE BRITISH AVIATION INDUSTRY. BRITAIN AND THE U.S. WERE JOINTLY DEVELOPING A NEW ENGINE FOR VERTICAL SHORT TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT. THE GOVERNMENT WAS STUDYING WITH FRANCE AN AIRBORNE EARLY-WARNING AIRCRAFT, AND WITH THE FRENCH AND THE DUTCH, THE IDEA OF A SHIPBORNE GUIDED MISSILE. AGAIN WITH FRANCE, THE MINISTER ALSO MENTIONED WHAT HE CALLED AN AEROBUS PROVIDING CHEAP AIR TRANSPORT.

    THE GOVERNMENT'S CHIEF REASON FOR ITS DECISION TO CANCEL CERTAIN AIRCRAFT IS THAT THEY COST TOO MUCH. ANOTHER IS THAT THEY WOULD GO IN TO SERVICE TOO LATE.

    OFFICIAL FIGURES SHOW 36 PROJECTS FOR MISSILES, ROCKET ENGINES, AND MILITARY AIRCRAFT WERE SCRAPPED IN BRITAIN OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS AT A COST OF OVER GBP281 MILLION. THEY INCLUDE THE MISSILES BLUE STREAK (GBP84M) BLUE WATER (GBP32M) AND SKYBOLT (GBP27M). OTHERS ARE THE AIRCRAFT SWIFT FIGHTER (GBP22M), AND THE STELL SUPERSONIC RESEARCH (GBP20M).

    A STATEMENT BY THE U.S. DEFENCE DEPARTMENT TODAY SAID THE AIM OF SUPPLYING AMERICAN AIRCRAFT AT AN EARLY DATE TO BRITAIN WAS TO PROVIDE THE ROYAL AIR FORCE WITH MODERN AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT INCLUDE THE PHANTOM F-4 FIGHTER - CAPABLE OF A SPEED OF OVER 1600 MILES (2580 KMS) AN HOUR - AND THE C-130E HERCULES CARGO.

    THE PHANTOM IS USED BY THE U.S. NAVY, AIR FORCE AND MARINES, AND IS ON ORDERED BY THE BRITISH NAVY. THE VERSION OF THE HERCULES TO GO TO THE RAF -- TOWARDS THE END OF 1966 -- IS JUST ENTERING SERVICE WITH THE U.S. FORCES. THE PLANE IS ALSO IN USE BY CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAOR6PHJZ0RMCZT3MI66EGCGPE
    Media URN:
    VLVAOR6PHJZ0RMCZT3MI66EGCGPE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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