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Hussein Tells Magazine Jordan is Rebuilding Air Force with British, U.S. Planes

King Hussein of Jordan disclosed in an interview published in a British aviation journal that his country is rebuilding its Air Force with British and American military planes and expects to complete the first phase next year. The Jordanian Air Force was destroyed by Israeli aircraft in the first hours of the June, 1967 war.

According to the interview in the magazine “Flight.” when the first phase is completed the Jordanian Air Force will have two squadrons of Hawker Hunter close support aircraft and one squadron of United States Starfighter interceptors. New air bases are being built in Jordan. The King said that a second phase in the rebuilding process may be the purchase of the British Hawker Siddeley “Harrier” jump-jet tactical fighter planes. He assured the interviewer that Jordan had no intention of turning away from its traditional arms suppliers, Britain and the U.S., to Russia or any other country.