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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February 17, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 Potential Site for Steel Mill World's largest aircraft Former GMpresident tackles new project Costly project Gabarus, N.S., is one of five sites proposed in a rcent study for a new basic steel complex in eastern Canada, but it has several advantages other than its year-round harbor. Land has already been assembled through government expropriation and Cape Breton has a 75-year history of steel-making at the Sydney plant. The proposed mill would cost billion and take eight years to build. Iran increases defence strength TEHRAN (AP) Buying in the billions will get you every- where in the world's arma- ment race, as the experience of the Shah of Iran demon- strates. Iran has the biggest hov- ercraft navy in the world, the largest naval base' in the Per- sian Gulf and the most sophis- ticated missile system in the Third World. It is building the biggest air base in the Middle East to accommodate an air force that by the end of the decade will have more fighter-bombers than any member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization except the United States. U.S. deals with Iran have brought criticism by the gen- eral accounting office in Washington that they have cost the United States mil- lion and seriously depleted its military advisory force. When Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi ordered 760 British Chieftain battle tanks and 250 Scorpion tanks, more than allocated to the British Rhine army, the government began deliveries by diverting 45 Chieftains from British un- its in Germany. The shah not only moved ahead of Israel, Canada, Aus- tralia and West Germany by ordering 80 Grumman F-14 Tomcats, at million each, but ensured himself deliveries as quick as and probably quicker than the U.S. navy. Two to three years ahead of the U.S. army, the AH-IJ at- tack helicopter, capable of night operations in almost zero visibility, soon will be ac- quired by Iran. A few days before Christ- mas, Premier Amir Abbas Hoveyda unveiled a -bil- lion budget for the fiscal year beginning in March that allo- cated a staggering bil- twice as much as last defence. With oil exports pumping billion a month into Iran's treasury, the shah can afford the sophisticated array of missiles and rader system's that overflow his order book. He is determined to make Iran the world's fifth most powerful nation by 1990, when the oil will begin to run out. The shah dreams of restor- ing the glories of the great Persian empire, but after 30 years on the throne he is a realist about the defence needs of a country that shares a border with the Soviet Union and lies between the time bomb of the Arab- Israeli situation on one side, and the powder keg of India and Pakistan on the other. Above all, there are almost daily flare-ups with Iraq, a sworn enemy whose south- eastern tip lies within a mor- tar lob of Iran's huge Abadan refinery and in easy rocket range of the Kharg Island su- pertanker terminal. Since the British pulled out in 1971, the shah has taken on the role of policeman of the Persian Gulf, through which 85 per cent of the non- Communist world's crude oil His British built amphibious force has more missile- launching hovercraft than the Royal Navy and at Isfahan, 000 American contract em- ployees are teaching the Ira- nians how to fly and maintain their fleet of more than 640 helicopters. Iran still points most of its missiles and its ultra-modern armored units toward Iraq and the Persian Gulf. But lately the defence pat- tern has reflected -the shah's apprehensions about Soviet in- fluence on the new govern- ment in Afghanistan and Marxist-inspired and Iraqi- supplied separatist move- ments among the Pathans and Baluchis in the western provinces of Pakistan. In re- taliation, Iran supplies and en- courages the Kurdist uprising in Iraq. The new navy base at Chabahar and the long-range capability that the recently purchased Boeing tankers give his squadrons of Phan- tom and F-5 jets indicate the shah is serious about one day soon asking both the Russians and the Americans to get out of the Indian Ocean and leave the subcontinent to resolve its own future. The shah is a.qualified jet and helicopter pilot who likes to test-fly a new fighter and try his finger on the button of a weapons system before committing his billions. "His favorite magazine is Aviation Week and he reads it the way a snowbound farmer pours over a seed and feed said an American defence contractor who has been in Iran for 14 years. In the last fiscal year, Iran ordered more than billion worth of military supplies from the United States alone. Iran's air force is entirely equipped with U.S.- built planes. CAREER FOOD AND BEVERAGE food and bavaraga to aaauma total reeponelblli- ty lor all food and beverage Reporting to the General Manager, the aucceiehil applicant wm all Half In the tavern, dining room, coffee' aMp and lounge. Appllcann thoutd poaaeta eukelaMM aiparianea h a UnHar function within the hotpltatHv Intfuatrv. ThtepoetHon often an ertrac- To eiptore IhH opportunity m complete confidence, pfeaaa tub- mil full retumet to: HERITAGE MOTOR HOTEL Box 100 TABER, Attn: Qwwral Manager DETROIT (AP) Now that Edwin Cole has retired as president of.the world's largest automaker, he is busy getting the world's largest airplane ready for takeoff. The new plane is just an art- ist's drawing so far, but il the former General Motors (GM) president can "work out the it will be a freight aircraft twice the size of the huge Boeing 747. Cole envisions a fleet of 300 of the' aircraft, called Huskys, each in the air 15 hours a day, on the ground only 30 minutes each time they land, carrying freight across the country and around the world. The price tag will be about billion. Cole is totally caught up in his new engineering project. Engineering is his first love. He said after he left. CM he probably would not join the firm if he had it to do over because rising costs and increasing regulations have ruled out the engineering challenges he finds so ex- citing. Designing and building a new aircraft is a tremendous undertaking, in both time and money. Cole also plans an automated loading and un- loading system that is as critical to the venture's success as the aircraft itself. It's a sled that is loaded on the ground, then shoved into the aircraft. When the plane arrives at its destination, the sled is hauled out and another one shoved in with cargo for a new destination. When the plane and ground support system is built, Cole will have to convince shippers his system is faster, cheaper and better than anything else. Cole says the Husky is the first plane designed entirely for freight. He says there is a tremendous market for a good air freight system. The story of Coles' plane be- gan about six years ago when he helped analyze General Motors' shipping costs and problems. A pilot for 30 years, Cole found GM was paying almost a pound for the little freight it shipped by air. Soon afterward he was ap- proached by C. A. Carroll who had plans to build the Husky freight plane. Cole and other investors joined up and even- tually Cole bought out Carroll. SEEKS AID Cole now is majority stock- holder in International Husky.: He and his partners have spent .million. But that is chickenfeed compared to what the plane will cost, and Cole is counting on govern- ment help. has been closeted with defence officials in Washington who' say they would like to see a fleet of 300 privately-built cargo planes that might be commandeered by the military in case of an emergency. "Figures that the govern- ment compiled a few years ago showed that out of 230 billion ton-miles of freight, just three billion went by Cole says. "Now, there are studies that point out that some 103 billion ton-miles could be moved by air that's a big cost could be reduced sharply. "It's just an exciting, un- tapped potential for someone who can produce a more ef- ficient, low-cost system for air freight. That's what the Husky is all about. RATES TO INCREASE WASHINGTON (AP) It will cost 12 or 13 cents by the end of the year to mail a first- class letter that now carries a 10-cent stamp, says Post- master General Banjamin Bailar of the United States. "We are experiencing some very substantial cost Bailar said Sun- day on ABC's Issues and Answers. The total govern- ment subsidy for the postal service for fiscal 1974 was J1.7 billion. 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