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F-15 Plane; Space Shuttle #465322

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 27, 1972
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(Studio) F-15 fighter plane built for government by McDonnell-Douglas flown for 1st time at Edwards AFB, California. Contract for space shuttle awarded to North American Rockwell of Downey, California.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Edwards AFB, California) 1st flight of F-15 shown in Air Force film. It can fly at more then 1400 mph. Space shuttle will get its 1st tests at same Air Force Base in a few years [Simulation of rocket plane shown.] It will carry crew of 4 and 24 passengers into orbit; return to Earth and land like airplane. (Downey, California) North American Rockwell workers jubilant to win contract. 4 major companies were competing: North American Rockwell, McDonnell-Douglas, Grumman, and Lockheed. Hundreds of laid-off employees show up to apply for jobs. [Bd. chairperson Willard ROCKWELL, Junior - says 10,000 subcontractors located in 48 states will be involved. 160,000 jobs will result.

Chancellor, John;
Neal, Roy

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