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Cambodia / United States Airlifts / Utapao Air Force Base #481774

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 17, 1975
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(Studio) In Cambodia, American planes step up airlifts of rice and ammunition. Planes come from Utapao Air Force Base in Thailand; military planes used but civilian pilots fly planes.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Utapao AFB) Phnom Penh airlifts biggest since Berlin blockade. Loading done by military personnel; pilots and crews civilian. Contract flyers under direction of William Bird;Bird Air has government contract to deliver supplies to Cambodia. Only 1 Bird plane slightly damaged. [Pilot Kit KETELL - says danger exist on ground, not in air.]
REPORTER: Don Oliver

(Studio) American embassy in Phnom Penh secretly controlling Cambodian government air strikes, according to Senator Stuart Symington. Pentagon admits American planes flying reconnaissance missions over Cambodia give government information about rebel movement and potential targets, but embassy not controlling Cambodian air strikes.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Oliver, Don

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