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quayle and lloyd bentsen. >> we would be pushing very hard to open up those markets and stand up for the american farmer and see that we recapture those foreign markets. i think we can do it. >> to tell our farmers not to grow corn or soybeans, that's the policy you will get and what i think the american farmer will rightly reject. kissinger wanted to make sure that no agency had entrée to president next in. can -- control the intelligence flow. >> daily briefs of richard fiction -- nixon and gerald
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ford. these are the changes they have made to the daily brief. for our complete schedule, go to >> c-span is visiting pablo, colorado this weekend. we will visit the air museum in here about the contributions to world war ii. >> we are at the aircraft museum in tableau, colorado. this museum is located at what was the site of the world war ii army air base. ii,he opening of world war there was a tremendous need for training americans. to the bombing of
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pearl harbor, pueblo had been identified as a potential location for a training facility. 1941 thate in surveying began here in tableau located toy ordnance the east of the airbase. initially, the airplanes we would see coming in and out of the base for transport type aircraft's, bringing in personnel. later, we hadaircraft's, bringin b-17 flying fortresses training here in tableau. we would see these flying fortresses out over the city. abouttty soon, we heard the development where we had
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bombing ranges set up. out ofghts that went pueblo, there were new crews to learn how to fly the b-17. there weren't navigation flights and flights that originate in pueblo. many of the flights would go down to the gulf of mexico for practice bombing missions. flights, i heard airmen talking about practice bombing from the golden gate bridge. to california and rectus bomb runs. it was navigation bombing, all the facets of warfare trained here at the base. ranges, we had amin
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they had navigation flights learning how to do that properly. the first aircraft i saw flying out of pueblo. then it shifted to the liberator. thethe bulk of that time airbase was in operation, it was the liberator that was the principal aircraft that was used in training. our school was only two miles from the fence. we were able to see these aircraft's taking off at all times during the day. even into the night. towards the end of the war, the
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be 24's started leaving and the b-29s started flying out of the airbase. we later learned that the intention was we were training trainers here at the pueblo army air base with the expectation that if he were with japan were to be extended it, we would have trainingore b-29 facilities throughout the united states. the groups the trained here in tableau are intended to be training groups. of course, with the end of the suddenly tol came an end. disappearedapidly
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from pueblo. >> this was originally thought the british were not going to be successful in their fight against the germans during world war ii. the aircraft was designed for a flight to europe. it was named the euro bomber. .hank god, they were successful this aircraft was already on the drawing board and was capable of going great distances required over the pacific. out ofre based primarily china. they could only reach the southern parts of the home islands of japan. as we move forward with the invasion, when we reached the marianas, that's when the b-29s were staged heavily in those islands.
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aircraft never quite made it to the war. it was very heavily utilized after the war as a reconnaissance aircraft. one of the things you may notice, these rivets are raised. these are the original factory rivets. this allows the wind to go aerodynamicr the a-day of the airplane. we don't have the capability of flash riveting with hours. found had they left these rivets up, it would've slowed the aircraft down by 40 miles per hour.
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they were never painted it. it,ou painted this airplane you added 4000 pounds of weight. right now we are in the nose section of the b-29. airplane has a number of different stations. all the way in the nose is the bombardier. has the bomb site and his actual work in a mission lasted five or 10 minutes. when you move back a little bit to the left, that is the pilot position. the pilote seat where would've been sitting during his mission in 1945. to his right is his copilot.
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event the aircraft commander or pilot needed some relief, the copilot would take over. he was also very competent and capable. directly behind as the flight engineer. this is one of the most important positions on this airplane. the flight engineer monitored the performance of the engines and the systems within the airplane. this was the one job that never got any rest. he was constantly on duty. since he was the flight engineer, he was also crew chief. that meant any work or post mission repairs it had to be done for also his responsibility. beprobably got sleep may eight hours out of every 48 hours during a mission push. i'm sitting at the radio
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operators position. the radio operator communicated for both his airplane and possibly a section of aircraft. he was responsible for assisting the navigator. what we have here is a 1942 indian motorcycle. this was configured to be a security vehicle. of thishe operator vehicle when he is doing his normal perimeter check, driving this motorcycle around the airfield, should some have attempted to come in, he has a thompson sheen gun with which he would dissuade the person from entering. he had extra ammunition.
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this vehicle is on loan to us from a gentleman who has an automotive private collection in trinidad, which is south of us here. we vehicle does operate area get a lot of guests who desperately want this motorcycle. here at actually served the air force base during the war years. the display cases behind me are artifacts brought home from conflicts past by our fighting forces. homethen, you could bring war trophies. it's for good now. you can't ring things back with you. back then, you could. the biggest thing that people notice is the large not see banner that is hanging from the wall. this banner was taken by one of the infantry divisions when they
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were clearing a germantown. nazis by made eye the the tens of thousands. they were draped everywhere throughout germany during the war. one of the commanders of the infantry division said tara down. a g.i. tore it down and folded up and put it in his backpack and brought it home. somehow, it made it here. we had it cleaned once. the people at the clean establishment said never bring this back again. not because they had problems with it, it was so inexpensively made and it was so fragile, they said the next time you run through the washer, we may tear it up. it will be displayed as it is right now. basenk the army air .eflected a community support
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the level was so great and part of it i think is because of the diversity of this community. we had italians, we had slovenians, we had slovakian's, hispanics, we had whites, germans, we had everything. pueblo was a real melting pot. the people were americans. pride in thed a i think we put up against any community. no community could've worked harder or cared more for the betterment of america and this united states. >> we are featuring the history of pueblo, colorado. about tableau and other stops on her cities tour
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