NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 20, 1976
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(Studio) 244 B-1 bombers to cost $22 billion. Report on pros. and cons.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) B-1 bomber shown. Plane has become symbol of American strength. Critics of B-1 shown at protest. Radio commercial by American Friends Service Committee played. North American Rockwell is contractor and has lobbied vigorously for plane. California would benefit most from B-1 production. [Senator Alan CRANSTON - says B-1 necessary and he supports it.] Air Force says new fleet needed to replace old B-52 bombers. Critics are against cost of B-1. Arguments noted. [Senator George McGOVERN - says Air Force wants B-1 because they're plushier and newer. Little difference between B-1 and B-52.] House and Senate committee votes to start buying plane despite General Accounting Office report revealing B-1 problems. Problems noted. Air Force Secretary Thomas Reed says improvements can be made later. [McGOVERN - says whatever Defense Department wants, they get.] Argument that US could be number 2 in military strength behind USSR has had its effect.
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger
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