NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 09, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter may approve building and use of B-1 bomber. Pressure for bomber tremendous. Close look at bomber follows.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(No location given) B-1 bomber would replace B-52 bomber. Air Force says B-52 losing effectiveness. B-1's attributes detailed; critics' points of view reviewed. Rockwell International prime contractor if B-1 put in production; many jobs rest on President' decision. B-1 to cost $100 million for each plane. [Senator William PROXMIRE - proposes rejuvenation of B-52.] [Senator Barry GOLDWATER - thinks rejuvenation of B-52 too expensive.] [PROXMIRE - thinks taxpayers' money could be saved if B-1 not built.] [GOLDWATER - would rather spend $100 million for B-1 to have very best defenses for cntry.] Large organization to stop B-1 bomber well represented in Washington, DC and elsewhere. Other organizations such as American Security Council fighting hard for B-1. Excerpt of film on B-1 released by Security Council shown. This yr. Defense Secretary Brown reduced number of bombers to be built for testing, but ultimate decision lies with President Carter.
REPORTER: Roy Neal
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