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American Experience; Nixon; Hue defense choppers, 1972

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Hue defense, helicopters landing ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) troops. _-_ 1. Fleet of choppers coming in, to camera, landing and on the ground. Line of choppers. Close shot helicopter in air, mountains in background. ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) troops gathered. (55' sound on film) _-_ 2. Mass of ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) troops, close, moving to camera, in shiny helmets with guns and gear. Mid shot group on move. MLS, with peasant women far left, by road. More troops. (57' sound on film) _-_ 3. Wide shot of troops massed on field beside road (9', sound on film) _-_ 4. Six US advisors by roadside. Mid shot and close shot of individuals. (24', sound on film) _-_ 5. Mass of helicopters revving in field and pan. Troops going to and leaving helicopters, carrying anti-tank weapons, etc. (42', sound on film) _-_ 6. Nice medium close shot of several helicopters with rotors turning, blue and hazy. (6', sound on film) _-_ 7. Various Aerial angle shots from helicopter and zoom to group of men on hillside below as camera / helicopter passes over. River seen below in background. Helicopter coming in close, beautiful clouds and sky. Soldiers walking, silhouette effect. (54', sound on film) _-_ 8. ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) troops up hillside to camera. Troops semi - silhouetted as copter comes in on hilltop. More clouds in sky. (66', sound on film)

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American Experience
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Hue defense choppers, 1972

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

In this three-hour presentation, Richard Nixon's life and political career are reassessed primarily by those who knew him best. The program chronicles his life from boyhood in Yorba Linda, California, through his days as a young Congressman to his presidency where he astounded the nation with his foreign policy initiatives and then left office in disgrace.



Asset Type

Stock footage

Media Type


Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Hue (Vietnam)
Vietnam (Republic)
Antitank weapons
(Near) Hue, Vietnam
Publication Information
ABC News VideoSource
Rights Summary

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