FRANCE-IRAQ: Poi.iblt Aircraft Dtlivtry
Five French-piiotedElendard lighter aircraft left an ai*base in western France yesterday en route lo Iraq, according to unconfirmed press reports. The aircraft reportedly are to fly to an undisclosed refueling slop on the Mediterrancar .Iraqi pilots
are to take custody ol ihem.|
common! The Super Etendards probably will be ready for combatonlh of delivery. They are likely to be stationed initially at an alrbase in northern Iraq, where most of France's advisers and logistic support facilities for Ihe Iraqi Air Force are located. Once the aircraft are ready lo begin operations over the Persian Gulf, Ihey will be movedase in southern IraqOriginal document.