The Iran Hostage Crisis

Links to video and audio footage elsewhere on the Web

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Video: Captives and the Failed Rescue Mission
A one minute streaming video of the hostages playing shell games and exercising after a year in captivity, pictures of the charred wreckage of the failed rescue mission and of body bags of the soldiers who were killed.

Video: Crash
After the failed April rescue mission, the military secretly modified a huge C-130 Hercules, adding rockets so that it could take off and land in little more than its own length and carry 150 passengers. This site shows a video of the first modified prototype crashing on the runway. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to the heading "Operation 'Credible Sport'" for the video and information about the aircraft.)

Audio: President Carter
Listen to Carter's speech about the failed rescue attempt. (Requires Quicktime and Internet Explorer for the PC.)

Sketched Recreations
A link to the general site for sketch artist Freda Reiter. After the Iranian hostages were released, Reiter recreated many of the events of the hostage crisis with two-hundred drawings. Her sketches, some of which are based on the hostages' recollections, include images of the hostages surrounded at the gates to the US Embassy, pictures of the Ayatollah Khomeni, Carter, and Members of Congress praying for the release of the hostages, and the Iranian negotiator Ghotzbadah conferencing with a cleric aid to the Ayatollah Khomeni. (An index of links to the hostage crisis images can be found midway down the page, under the heading "Iran Hostage Affair 1979.")

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