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Reel Number: 250113-08
Color: Black and White
Year / Date: 1961
TC Begins: 08:36:18
TC Ends: 08:38:58
NOTE: FOR ORDERING See: www.footagefarm.co.uk or contact us at: Info@Footagefarm.co.uk 1961 - USA, President Kennedy: 1st Conference, Kennedy Tells Press Reds Free U.S. Airmen 08:36:23 Ext. State Department auditorium. 08:36:27 Int. JFK enters, people stand up, JFK to podium. Row of movie camera at rear of journalists. MS press. 08:36:47 MCU JFK, SOF: I am happy to be able to announce that Captain Freeman B. Olmstead, & Capt. John R. McKone, members of the crew of the United States Air Force RB-47 aircraft, who have been detained by Soviet authorities since July 1, 1960, have been released by the Soviet government, and are now en route to the United States. The United States government is gratified by this decision of the Soviet Union, and considers that this action of the Soviet government removes a serious obstacle to improvement of Soviet-American relations. Our deepest sympathy & understanding goes to the families of the men of the RB-47 who gave their lives in the service of their country. At the same time, I am sure that all Americans join me in rejoicing w/ the Olmstead & McKone families. The families, as well as the men, comported themselves in these trying times, in a way which is truly in the best traditions of the military services of the United States. Restraint in these conditions is obviously not easy. But they can be assured that they have contributed in large measure to the final achievement of the objective which we all sought, the release of the men. 08:38:04 Question: In light of this announcement, what will be your general policy on over-flights, & on such things as the U-2 case - or the U-2 flights? Do you conceive of circumstances which might warrant resumption of such things as the U-2 flights? 08:38:25 JFK: The Soviet government is fully aware of the United States government views w/ respect to the distinction between the question of the United States Air Force RB-47 & the incident which occurred over Soviet territory on May 1, 1960, involving an American U-2 type aircraft. Flights of American aircraft penetrating the air space of the Soviet Union have been suspended since May, 1960. I have ordered that they not be resumed. Firsts; Spying; Spies; Reconnaissance Failures; 25Jan61; Cold War; NOTE: First news conference broadcast live to nation. NOTE: Sold at per reel rate. NOTE: FOR ORDERING See: www.footagefarm.co.uk or contact us at: Info@Footagefarm.co.uk
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