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Defense Spending / Blackbird Plane #119573

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 19, 1989
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) House of Representatives noted approving defense budget that cuts back on SDI/Star Wars. Report introduced.

(Beale AFB, California: Jim Slade) History of Air Force's use of Blackbird spy planes for surveillance missions reviewed; scenes shown of takeoff and flight of Blackbird that was developed in 1950s and 1960s. [Squadron commander Lieutenant Colonel Rod DYCKMAN - explains plane's capability.] Plane's use in crisis situations like Vietnam war explained. [Representative John ROWLAND - says now it is time to get away from this costly plane and rely on satellites.] [Senator John GLENN - defends plane.] Landing of plane at Beale AFB, California, shown.

Sawyer, Forrest;
Slade, Jim

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