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Vietnam War / Air War #214503

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 22, 1971
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(Studio) United States jets fire missiles at North Vietnam radar base. Secret United States air bases in Thailand featured.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Thailand) Most air power directed toward Laos. NKP, Nakhon Phanom base cited as large, secret operation; heart of electronic war against Ho Chi Minh Trail; battery operated sensors used, computers interpret signals; TV, laser beams guide bombs.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(DC) [Air Force Secretary Robert SEAMANS, JR. - tells of success in interrupting North Vietnam supply lines.]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Thailand) NKP one of 5 Thailand bases. Utapao base cited.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Udorn, Thailand) Control point for air war. F-4 Phantoms filmed. Large munition supplies reported C-141 jet freighters extensively used for supply haul. Laos supplied. Unmarked planes present; CIA connection cited.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(No location given) [US ambassador to Thailand Leonard UNGER - says actions necessary.]
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Udorn, Thailand) Source of most F-4 activity against Cambodia.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Korat, Thailand) Source of much North Vietnam bombing. F-l05's pictured; base for super Constellation radar planes. EB-66 radar jammers also present. Most of filming done outside of bases. Thai security objected to filming; US embassy did not want pix taken.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(No location given) [UNGER - says United States Embassy following Thai government rules.] Secrecy criticized, but massive, busy operations said at heart of air war.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil;
Schieffer, Bob

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