CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 31, 1968
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(Studio) Barry Goldwater blames F-111 fighter bomber faults on Pentagon under Robert McNamara. Newsmen fly in craft.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Neelis AFB, NV) Plane called beautiful, faulty, powerful weapon. Pet project of Robert McNamara. Film of trial flight shown. [Military MEN - instruct newsmen with regard to flight.] Plane described. Ability to deliver nuclear weapons noted. Background explained. General Dynamics Corporation role noted. Safety features later criticized. 3 F-111's lost in North Vietnam bomb raids. [Major Joe HANSER - praises plane.] [Ohio Senator Stephen YOUNG - in interview calls plane a disaster. Calls Air Force enthusiasm for plane mil. propaganda.]
REPORTER: Bill Stout; Bob Gregory Interviewer
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