NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 27, 1977
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(Studio) Importance of B-52 bombers to Air Force over last 20 years, and probable importance for several more, in light of decision with regard to B-1, cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) (Films shown.) Report on B-52's, modernization by Air Force and future plans to use then mounted with cruise missile. Use of B-52's in Vietnam war, and success of them even against Hanoi, noted. Pentagon decisions with regard to modernization and congress appropriations of funds needed for it stated. Cited as exs. are planes at Carswell AFB, Texas, and Kelley AFB, near San Antonio, Texas. [Air Force maintenance spokesperson.Colonel Watt ELROD - cites disappointment in not getting B-1, but notes job can be done with B-52's.] President Carter's decision with regard to B-1, based on plans for use of cruise missile, details of missile and those plans, and cost of modernizing B-52's for cruise described. Details with regard to B-52 crews' alert status and periodic surprise maneuvers, in case they should be sent to USSR , stated. Air Force plans for length of B-52 operation and critics' statements with regard to this noted.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn
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