NBC Evening News for Sunday, Oct 02, 1977
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(Studio) Special dog-fighter school, NV, trains American fighter pilots.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(Nellis AFB, NV) Film shown. American fighter pilots are trained to fight like Russians. Aggressor pilots, those taking role of Russians, are special; there are fewer than 100 in United States Air Force, only flying air-to-air combat and knowing more with regard to Russian pilot skills than any other Americans [Captain Dan JAMES - says Russians are taught to equate flying and serving Mother Russia at early age.] At Nellis AFB, NV, Aggressors fly simulated missions against all types United States aircraft; they're well prepared having studied Russian air planes, reading translated Russian newspapers and viewing weekly intelligence briefings. Aggressors and American's debrief each other after each mission. Film shown. [Captain Mark STEVENS - believes knowledge of USSR thinking important.] (Film of Russian pilots shown.) [Captain JAMES - advises assumption USSR the toughest adversary; don't give up any initiative.] Stevens says the rationale is that if the trainer-pilots can beat the Aggressors, then they can hold their own against the Russians. United States can't match Russia in numbers, so American pilots must be better.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn
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