Armed Forces: Caps Set for Copters


Over the tall green pines of south eastern Alabama, singly and in forma tions of seven, the ungainly olive-drab helicopters swoop and buzz like dragonflies. Night and day they churn above the Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker. They blast the wire-grass country with rockets, machine-gun slugs and grenades. They execute intricate maneuvers high in the sky and inches off the ground, turning once-tranquil skies into some of the world's most congested airspace.

The copter concentration in Alabama is a product of the conflict in South Viet Nam and of...

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