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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, May 23, 1973 Canadian forces backing Sea King helicopter, supported DARTMOUTH, N.S. (CP) After five crashes in 11 years, as the Sea King helicopter air- worthy? Canadian forces officials here say it is, and so does one of the men who fly it. The Sikorsky CH 124 Sea King is a big machine, 10 tons when fully equipped and armed, and powered by two turbine en- gines. Its beat-like belly, side pontoons and six-bladed rotors make it easy to distinguish. The Canadian Forces Base at nearby Shearwater has Can- ada's only fleet of Sea Kings, which it uses for submarine tracking and rescue work. The Shearwater fleet lias 28 Sea Kings, but several individual machines are sta- tioned at Canadian Forces Bases elsewhere. Of the 42 Sea Kings built by Sikorsky's Canadian subsidiary, United Aircraft (Canada) Ltd., five have gone down. Luckily, only one crash was fatal. Three of four crewmen were killed when a Sea King dropped into the ocean off the Bahamas. Last November, the entire fleet of Sea Kings was grounded on two occasions following crashes. First, one of the machines dropped onto the helicoper CAREERS DRUG STORE OPPORTUNITIES! drug stcre group being developed in Cal- gary and Edmonton areas to meet advancing petition. Pharmacists interested in obtaining retail loca- tions and joining for group benefits contact Box 101- Lethbridge Herald landing pad of a Canadian Forces destroyer, collapsing it landing gear. Then, as the fleet was being reactivated, a faulty tail rotor sent a test pilot crashing to the Shearwater airfield tarmac, re suiting in another recall. TAIL ROTORS REPLACED The faulty rotor was replaced on all Sea Kings before they were returned to service. The latest incident occurred early this month when a hov- ering Sea King dropped into the Atlantic, 30 miles south of Hali- fax. The fleet was not grounded but Canadian Forces spokesmen say an inquiry into the circum- stances is under way. Sources said' the tail rotor was not the cause. Navy divers, aided by person- nel and equipment from the Bedford Institute of Ocean- ography here, are attempting to locate the machine, submerged in about 593 feet of water. Since the dunking, there has been some concern among some servicemen here over the air- worthiness of the Sea Kings. The weekly Dartmouth Free Press reported that the Sea Kings apparently run into trouble when fully loaded with armaments and submarine- tracking gear, and that pilots are apparently becoming ner- vous over any unusual move- ment in the aircraft. A Sea King made an emer- gency landing in a parking lot May 8 after the pilot noticed vi- brations while the helicopter climbed. An armed forces spokesman said it is not clear what caused the vibration. An- other source said that vibra- tions are not unusual in hov- ering helicopters, no matter what the make, and are not a serious problem. Canadian Forces' spokesmen defended the Sea King and said Shearwater pilots have a better accident record with them than do helicopter pilots in the United States and Britain. One experienced Sea King pi- lot, who declined to be identi- fied when contacted by The Ca- nadian Press, agreed with the official assessment. P.E.I. stamp issue June 22 OTTAWA (CP) An eight- cent stamp commemorating the IGOth anniversary of Prince Ed- ward Island's entry into Con- federation will be issued June 22, the post office announced to- day. The province's coat of arms- three small oak trees under one large oak bs depicted in two colors on the stamp. The seventh province to enter Confederation, P.E.I, is cele- brating its centennial this year. LARGE GRANT OTTAWA (CP) Opportuni- ties for Youth grants for 60 pro- jects in the Ottawa area total a government spokes- man said. The projects which will provide 462 temporary jobs, are the first under the lion 1973 OFY program, and are the largest single list released for this area since the schema was launched two years ago. For Dreamy Summer Weddings It's Of Course Exquisitely elegant Bridal Gowns, Matching Veils and flat- tering Head Dresses. Filmy Negligees, glamorous Attend- ants7 Dresses, stunning Cos- tumes for the bride's mother. BRIDAL CONSULTANTS WHO CARE- Make your important selections in the privacy of our lovely, newly decorated I' A, if Open "Thursday and Friday Nights Closed Wednesday Afternoons LADIES' WEAR 311-5th St. S. Making his rounds Vancouver caretaker Jack Brooks is a coin collector says he has done so well he can retire in another year. With the help of a metal detector, he scans the sands of Vancouver beaches in search of coins. He often gets more than is bargained for and has so far ended up with three diamond rings, and numerous sets of keeps coins but advertises valuables as found. denticare talks continue VANCOUVER (CP) Talks are continuing batwesn the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. and the provincial gov- ernment on ways to approach pre-paid denticare, the college's annual general meeting was told here. A report presented to about 100 dentists attending the meet- ing said the talks have not come to a conclusive stage and the government is still lis- tening to the ideas. "We've taken a different ap- proach than normal." Ken Croft, the college's manager- director, said in an interview. "Previously, groups like us would submit briefs to the gov- ernment and that would bs that. We're different. We've tried to keep talking." He said the discussions have covered a wide range of ground and will become more Plan action OTTAWA (CP) Gay Liber- ation groups across the country have decided to make their presence felt in the next federal election. At a meeting here during the weekend, they formed a na- tional gay election coalition which a news release said was intended to make federal candi- dates in the next election aware of the "discrimination and op- pression facing Canadian homo- sexuals and discover the candi- dates' positions" on the matter. The meeting also decided to hold a Gay Pride Week across the country Aug. 19-26. specific when the government comes up with definite propos- ;ais. j "We're that everyone gats (dental) Crou ._ first government we've had I that has shown an interest in this." Officers elected at the gen- eral meeting were Dr. Denning E. Waller of Prince George, president; Dr. Robert T. Mal- pass of Victoria and Dr. Rob- ert N. Hicks of West Vancou- ver, vice presidents and Dr. Ted Ramage of Vancouver, treasurer. We spent 11 years designing and refining the Volvo so you won't be fed up with it in 2 or 3. And among the things that will keep you from getting tired of a Volvo are our bucket seats, 1 hey don't just sit there like living-room sofas. They actually do things to keep you alert and related. The small of your back gets special attention, because that's where pain often starts. -Notp the five steel wires in the back of the seat. At the twist of a knob, you can tune them to give you firm or soft support, A controls the angle of the back, from bolt upright to reclimag. can vary the height of our seats, too. vAnd since thev can aiso be moved forwards or backwards, you can adjust them precisely to your vital statistics. If you have short arms and long legs, for example, move the seat forward to reach the wheel, and raise it to make more legroom. So to Volvo's long list of sane standard features (like four-wheel disc brakes, two different undercoatings and a rear window defroster) 'you can add yet another: A perfect fit. And if your car doesn't fit right, you can't ,drive right. SHORT STOP AUTO LTD. 538 6th STREET S OUTH, LETHBRIDGE 328-6586 ;