ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 11, 1972
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(Studio) Air Force officials, convinced technical problems with F-111 fighter-bomber were corrected, sent jets back to S.E. Asia.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Takhli AFB, Thailand) F-111's 1st in S.E. Asia in 1968, after cost overruns a crashes during testing. 3 of 6 planes lost quickly in combat. 48 F-111's return to action. 1 plane lost on 1st mission, planes grounded 5 days. Advantages of F-111's include radar for night and bad weather bombing, low altitude flying capability, large bomb load capacity. [Major John TILLANDER - praises F-111 despite loss of pilot friend in 1 last week] [Lieutenant Colonel Bob EVE - says F-111 15 finest plane an air crew could hope for.]
REPORTER: Steve Bell
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