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Directorate of Public Relations,

Army Headquarters, CANBERRA . A.C.T.

No, 6145

AUSTRALIAN AVIATOR TRAINING US. PILOTS

An Australian Army officer on exchange duty in the United States is currently in charge of teaching about 400 student pilots tc! fly Iroquois helicopters.

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Harding, previously the Commanding Officer of the 1st Aviation Regiment at Amberley, Queensland, and formerly of O'Connor, A.C,T., took up his appointment last month.

He commands ,nthe Contact Flight Division of the Department of Royary Wing Training at the U. S . Army Aviation School, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Lt Col Harding, 43, and a Duntroon graduate, qualified as a fixed wing pilot in 1956 and in helicopters in 19570

At Fort Rucker he directs a staff of 190 instructors and a fleet of 140 helicopters used by the students during the four weeks flying training course.

The Iroquois, also known as the -1 utility helicopter, is used extensively by the U. S ., Australian and other Allied Army and Air Force formations in Vietnam,

Its introduction has revolutionised counter insurgency warfare in South East Asia.

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Further Information

CANBERRA: Major E. Ross Smith (65-4059) (86-1138)

14 April, 1970 STATES: ADPR AT COMMAND HEADQUARTERS