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(Studio) Problems plaguing development of FA-18 fighter plane recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(MD) FA-18's function explained; films shown. [Former undersecretary Navy James WOOLSEY - recalls trying to kill program; explains plane's shortcomings versus expense.] Navy test pilots noted criticizing plane's combat role objective; details given. [Lieutenant Colonel Peter FIELD - notes Marine's preference for FA-18.] [Colonel Don. BERGMAN - agrees.] Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger mentioned ordering investigation into plane's cost overruns; deputy secretary Paul Thayer reported recommending total program. Support of FA-18 by Senator Edward Kennedy and Representative Thomas O'Neill mentioned; employment factor involved in plane development cited.
REPORTER: Bill Lynch
- Lynch, Bill;
- Rather, Dan
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