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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Sri Lanka air force in tourist business COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) The air force here is in the tourist business The military uses hali ot its 50 aircraft as tourist taxis, charging stiff hourly rates payable in hard foreign currency needed to prop up the tottering economy of this island nation once called Ceylon The officer in charge Sqdn Ldr Noel Fernando, says his service brought in last year enough to cover the entire foreign exchange outlay of the air force For this year my target is he told a visitor And I think it is well within my reach Fernando brought the first lour women into the Sri Lanka air force He put them in mim- skirted uniforms and assigned them to serve snacks and drinks to the flying tourists The tourists can purchase a bottle of beer he said, "not ai duty-tree rates, of course but (or foreign exchange Last year more than 5 000 of the 77 000 tourists who visited here paid an hour for heli- copter tours to scenic spots on the island similar rates for single-engine Cessna flights out of Colombo or two-hour trips to the Maldive islands about 420 miles south GREYHOUND ANNOUNCES SUPER PHONE SERVICE We've added 2 extra phone lines to give you super express office service. And there's an exclusive ticket information number as well. Express Office 327-1551 and 327-1552 Ticket Information 327-1553 It's a super way to do business. Greyhound super convenient The idea ot using air force planes and pilots to carry around tourists was born soon alter the 1971 insurrection against the government of Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike Aid came in from all sides, including the United States, to help the government put down the revolt By the time the up- rising was quelled the air force had doubled to more than 2 000 men and its budget had jumped to 2 million, from 7 million, more than the country of 13 million needed We thought, let s put this surplus to some use recalled Fernando 'We were told if vou have excess flying time, go ahead and flog it, purely for foreign exchange After some small helicopter deals with German and Swedish tour directors that worked out well, Fernando got budget clearance to expand his fleet and buy more fixed- wing aircraft including a 000 Convair He met resistance from tradition-minded officers and officials of Air Cevlon the national airline But then Mrs Bandaranaike s government saw the foreign exchange ear- nings roll in Fernando s crews now fly seven U S -made Belljet helicopters two Russian- made KA-2 helicopters four two-engine Cessnas six single engine Cessnas four medium-size Herrons and the airliner sized Convair URGES CONSERVATION DENVER Cole (AP) Energy conservation is the major way the United States will lessen dependence on foreign oil in the near future, John Sawhill federal energy administrator said Tuesday at the first public hearings on President Nixon's plan to make the United States self- sufficient in energy by 1980 He said the environment will not be sacrificed to produce oil from porous oil shale rock The Herald Travel Friday, August 9, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 Prairies have Marine museum WALTER KERBER photo Where the dinosaurs roamed This desolate-looking badlands valley, part of Dinosaur Provincial Park near Brooks, was once a playground for dinosaurs Now a rich area for pale- ontologists, the park is only about 120 miles from Lethbridge. A marine museum on the Canadian prairies thousands of miles from the Atlantic of Pacific Oceans9 Surprising as it may seem, the inland waterways of Manitoba have had a busy and colortul past Visitois to the new Marine Museum at Selkirk can glimpse the province s nautical past through artifacts and records at the Museum SPIRIT OF I LONDON THE BRITISH CRUISE LINE ToMEXICO Departing Vancouver B.C. Oct. 15 1974 Fun That s what The Yacht to Mexico is all about She s a ship with everything to make a great vaca- tion A pool Sun and sport decks Movies Shows Restaurants Bars Nightclubs Includes stopovers m San Franc.sco Puerto Vallarta Manzanillo Acapulco and Mazatlan Return trip from San Francisco to Vancouver by Air included For further information and reservations contact A.M.A. TRAVEL 60S 5th Ave. South, Lethbridge Phone 328-1181 or 328-7921 Office Open Monday thru Friday 8 30 am to 5 p m Saturday 8 30 a m to 12 30 p m Ample Free Customer Parking WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE 309 5th St. South Phone 329-3336 OPENING AUGUST 12th, 1974 France, Germany, Italy n> eo m OUR NEW LOCATION offers the opportunity to come in, sit down and relax while talking over your Travel needs with one of our experienced travel con- sultants. Cooks represents all airlines and steamship companies. We know all the answers to your travel questions and you can make all your reservations at the same place. Air Tickets Steamship tickets Tours, Cruises all at published fares! Agents for all leading Tour Companies ONE CALL DOES IT ALL Whether it's to Europe, the Pacific, the West Indies, or just to the "Coast" Cooks offers you every facility of more than 500 offices in over 64 countries, the incomparable convenience of having the largest and most experienced travel organization to serve you here in Lethbridge and everywhere enroute wherever you go. Always use COOKS TRAVELLERS CHEQUES THOMAS 309 5th St. South Phone 329-3336 LETHBRIDGE The Greatest Name in Travel ;