Guam time is an additional 18 hours ahead of California time. Therefore,
the "incident" happened on Friday, March 16, 1962 in Guam, while in California
it was Thursday, March 15, 1962. According to the Civil Aeronautics Board's (CAB)
Accident Report dated April 8, 1963, "On March 15, 1962, sometime after its
last position report at 1422 G.m.t. (22 minutes past midnight, local time)..."
Therefore, the "Incident" occurred 18 hours later (12:22 a.m. Guam time, on
March 16, 1962).
"McNamara told a news conference it was quite apparent that Russia was
conducting harassing actions against flights of allied planes in the air
corridors but he refused to accept a reporter's suggestion that the use of
chaff constituted a 'hostile' action."
"CLARK AIR FORCE BASE.
Philippines (UPI)--An armada of planes and ships searched the vast darkness
of the Western Pacific tonight for a chartered airliner that disappeared and
probably crashed with 107 persons aboard, including 93 American soldiers en
route to embattled Viet Nam.
Every available plane in the area between Guam and Manila was ordered into
the search for the Flying Tiger Line Super Constellation which vanished
Thursday night about an hour and a half after taking off from Guam. But
searchers reported no trace of wreckage or life rafts that might indicate
There was little hope for the 93 Army men, three Vietnamese soldiers and
11 crewmen, because a full 24 hours had passed since the plane disappeared
after a final position report from the pilot, Capt. Gregory Thomas, Red Bank,
N.J., a colorful and heroic flier. If the plane is lost, it will be the third
major air disaster this month.
Says U.S. Radar Setup Is Obsolete
MOSCOW (UPI)-Premier Nikita Khrushchev warned the United States today Russia
has developed a new global rocket invulnerable of antimissile defense and
rendering America's polar radar detection system obsolete.
Khrushchev' coupled his rocket threat with surprise revelation that Soviet
scientists today had launched into orbit a new earth satellite. The Tass news
agency said it carried instruments.
Khrushchev said the United States had wasted the vast sums of money spent
on a radar system to try and intercept "our Soviet rockets coming across the
Arctic." "Rockets can now fly from quite different direction from that in which
the radar has been aimed" he said. Shaking his fist. Khrushchev said "Americans
do not understand how vulnerable they have become. The logical means of warning
is disarmament," he said. "The logical thing is to disarm and sign the Treaty.
I repeat, there is no real way of warning." The premier's declarations were
interpreted as a means of massive Soviet pressure on the West at the time
of the Geneva talks.
"...(Khrushchev) said.." the "United States' brass" had erected a system of
radar detection and warning against missiles across the North Pole, but "the
new global rockets can fly around the world in any direction and strike a
blow at any set target."
"Tass said the low point on the new sputnik's orbit is 135 miles above the
earth and the high point 609 miles. The sputnik was making a circuit of the
earth in slightly over 96 minutes..."
"Moscow, March 17 (AP) The Soviet sputnik launched yesterday with a load of
instruments to measure conditions for space travel is continuing its flight
around the earth and is sending back a steady stream of technical data, Tass
"The satellite will pass over Chicago at 7:51 p.m. and San Francisco at
9:25 p.m. Sunday, Tass said."
3-17-62 Washington Post: "Hunt Fails To Locate Lost Plane"
"(The plane) had taken off from Guam at 8:57 p.m. Thursday, after refueling,
on the 8-hour flight to Clark Field, north of Manila. It's last contact with
the island was a routine radio message 80 minutes later at a point about 270
miles west of Guam. The plane had fueled for nine hours flying when it took
off from Guam."
The flight originated Tuesday at Travis Air Force base in California."