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! Australia intends to send
its first squadron of heli copters lo Vietnam, the Minister for Air, Mr How son, anotinced in Canberra yesterday.
It will comprise eight Bell Iroquois helicopters selected from the.squadron at RAAF base, Fairbairn. It will provide close support
for the Australian task force.
The deputy Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal F. Headlam, helicopter specialist. Wing Com mander Ray Scott, and the Chief of the General Staff, Sir John Wilton will leave for Vietnam tomorrow to dicuss advance prepations
for the task force.