General Eisenhower makes inspection tour of Italian and American Air Force units at Wiesbaden Airfield, Germany
Wiesbaden Germany Date:1951, September 29 Duration:3 min 8 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Operation Jupiter, Wiesbaden Germany. A motorcade of U.S. Army staff cars drives along the edge of the Airbase at wiesbaden, Germany. A USAF C-47 aircraft is parked nearby. Next, military officers are seen, from behind, walking toward large white tents pitched on the airfield grounds. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is recognizable, walking rapidly, with American and Italian officers. The most senior American officer in the accompanying group is USAF Major General Truman H. Landon, Deputy commander-in-chief and chief of staff for U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE). He seems content to stay pretty much in the background during the tour. Three Italian fliers are seen in closeup, standing in front of an Italian de Havilland DH-100 Vampire aircraft. They come to attention as General Eisenhower approaches. He shakes their hands and speaks with them. Italian and American officers huddle around him as he continues speaking with the Italian fliers. Eisenhower and his entourage walk through a line of parked Italian DH-100s and he speaks with several more Italian aircrews. Still moving at a brisk pace, Eisenhower crosses to a bivouac area of large brown tents, that he inspects. His principal tour guide from this point on is USAF Colonel George Laven, Commander, of the 86th Fighter-Bomber Wing. The group then crosses to an area paved with Marsden matting (Pierced steel planking) where several F-84E aircraft of the USAF 527th Fighter-Bomber Squadron (86th Fighter-Bomber Wing) are parked. Eisenhower stops to speak with a pilot and two airmen standing in front of one of the planes and continues on to meet several more.
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