NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 21, 1984
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(Studio) Last night's report on dangers of Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site for 1985 space shuttle missions recalled; United States Air Force undersecretary Edward Aldridge said announcing investigation into allegations.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(NYC) Aldridge's criticism of United States Air Force inspectors' allegations to NBC News outlined; inspectors noted filing their written concerns with superiors or to prime contractor and given to United States Air Force. [Pentagon spokesperson Michael BURCH - claims all defective welds have been repaired.] Alleged status of defective welds, replaced by Bechtel, considered; United States Air Force memorandum on results of inspection attempts quoted on screen. [Senator William ROTH - responds to inspectors' claims that quality is being sacrificed to schedule.] [Quality assurance INSPECTOR - fears high death toll.] Aldridge's response quoted on screen. [INSPECTOR - anticipates major delay in launch schedules if concerns are verified.]
REPORTER: John Hart
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