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Defense Spending / XB-70 / Old Bombs #202411

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 04, 1969
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(Studio) Congress and Nixon administration question defense spending programs.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Edwards AFB, California) XB-70 took off on last mission; great hope of Air Force for 5 years former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara favored intercontinental missile system instead of XB-70. Supersonic jet reaches Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio in 3 hrs.; to be placed on display. XB-70 and sisterplane cost taxpayers $1.5 billion.
REPORTER: Josh Darsa

(Studio) New bomber that was never used.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) 20 year old bomb put to work in Vietnam jungles, clearing landing zones. $2,000 apiece bombs bargain, compared to modern bombs.
REPORTER: Steve Rowan

Cronkite, Walter;
Darsa, Josh;
Rowan, Steve

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