The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCIlI, No. 9S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, May 15, 1982
By the Associated Press
Battle action flared again over the
Falkland Islands yesterday with jet
fighter-bombers from the British war
fleet attacking the airfield at the capital
city of Stanley, the British Defense
Ministry announced in London.
The new raids on the airstrip, the first
since Monday, came as U.N. peace
talks entered a critical stage and the
Soviet Union plunged into the conflict
by declaring Britain's war zone in the
South Atlantic "unlawful."
MOSCOW'S warning to Britain put
the Soviets squarely on the side of
Argentina and its Latin American allies
in the Falklands crisis. Washington has
sided with Britain, a position that has
isolated the United States from most
South American countries on the issue.
The British Defense Ministry said the
raid on the Stanley field by Sea Harrier
jets was "in support of the continuing
close blockade" of the islands. It said it
had no reports of casualties.
A brief ministry statement said other
Sea Harrier jets were mounting "com-
bat air patrols" around the islands.
IT DID NOT. appear that Argentina
had prompted the latest attacks by
trying to break through the blockade.
The ministry statement said, "It is con-
sidered extremely unlikely that Argen-
tina has managed to move supplies by
air or sea over the past few days during
the aggressive reinforcement of the
A Ministry spokesman told The
Associated Press the attacks were not
considered a "major engagement."
The British ambassadors to the
United Nations and United States were
summoned to London for weekend con-
sultations. A Foreign Office
spokesman in London said negotiations
at the United Nations had "reached a
stage where we thought it would be
useful" for the two diplomats to brief
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and
her senior ministers.
THATCHER told Conservative sup-
porters that peaceful settlement of the
dispute with Argentina may be "unat-
tainable," strongly implying she might
order more attacks by Britain's war
fleet if U.N. peace efforts collapse.
Earlier, Thatcher said in a speech in
Scotland that peace may be unat-
tainable through U.N.-sponsored
negotiations and added that if peace ef-
forts failed, "then we should have to
turn to the only other course open to
"The difficulties we face are for-
midable. But our determination to
secure a just solution is relentless," she
A Foreign Office spokesman said
peace negotiations through the United
Nations had "reached a stage where we
thought it would be useful" for the two
ambassadors to brief Thatcher and her
senior ministers on developments in the
talks. He declined to say whether the
move signalled a breakthrough or a
breakdown in the talks adding only that
negotiations were at an "important
U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez
de Cuellar said at the United Nations
that the summons indicated British "in-
terest in a peaceful solution." Earlier,
British officials said the mood was
"fairly pessimistic" about the U.N.
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JIM AND DOUG Amick proudly stand beside the futuristic Aeo 135 auto-
mobile they designed and built. The car will be on display at the University's
Employee's Credit Union.
ready to roll1-
Senate approves bill
on chemical weapons
WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Senate While the bill gives Reagan nearly all
voted yesterday to authorize $177.9 he requested, the Armed Services
billion for military weapons next fiscal Committee cut $2.1 billion that was to
year, including production of chemical be used for interim deployment of the
warfare agents put on "hold" 13 years first nine MX missiles in existing
ago. Titan and Minuteman silos.
Following a debate and a close vote The committee wagts the ad-
on chemical weapons, the Senate ap- ministration to quickly settle on a per-
proved by an 84-8 margin an arms manent basing plan in which the MX
shopping list only about $5.5 billion less could survive a Soviet attack.
costly than what President Reagan THE BILL includes nearly $4.6 billion
requested. to build the first seven B-1 bombers,
THE MEASURE still awaits action plus $6.79 billion for two new Nimitz
by the House. See SENATE, Page 9
By SCOTT STUCKAL
Jim Amick admits that when he
takes his car out for a Sunday drive
"everybody looks." But he said that-
once they get a good look at his car,
The Aero 135, they "smileand give
the thumbs up signal."
The Aero 135 does not look like
anything Ford, Chrysler, General
Motors, or the Japanese have on the
road. It's a 13-foot long, 5-foot wide
vehicle Amick designed and built with
his son Doug. The tail fins and sharp
front end remind one of an F-15
fighter. The cockpit windshield could
he on loan from Luke Skywalker.
Plus, the Aero 135 has three wheels,
which is why it is licensed as a motor-
But the machine was not designed
as a toy. The Aero 135 uses a one-
cylinder, 14-horsepower engine that
can travel 75 miles at 60 miles per
'hour on a gallon of gas. It can reach a
speed of 75 mph.
"The main thing is that it's efficien-
tly built to carry one or, two people,"
Amick said. "It's designed around the
premise of using the least amount of
To save gas, Amick designed the
Aero 135 to have minimal wind
resistance. The aerodynamics also
allow the 800-pound Aero to hug the
road in the worst gust of wind "so you
don't lose traction," said Amick, a
former University aeronautical
Amick believes his car is an im-
provement over other futuristic new
cars. "Ford has a concept . car
(similar to the Aero) that will tip over
if you turn a sharp corner," he said.
"It's unstable aerodynamically."
Presently, there is only one
prototype of the Aero 135, now on
display in the University of Michigan
. Employee's Credit Union until the end
of May. But Amick and his son Doug,
See AERODYNAMIC, Page 10