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Wednesday, 3 May 1939
Page: 83


Mr Curtin n asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   What is the maximum speed that can bc attained by the Wirraway machines being manufactured in Australia?

2.   Is it a fact that they are slower than those manufactured in America?


Mr Street - As the Wirraway type of machine has not yet been handed over for official tests, exact performance figures are not available, but there is no reason to believe that the maximum speed set down in the departmental specifications will not be attained. The specified figure is higher than that for somewhat similar type aircraft manufactured in tho United States of America and delivered to the United Kingdom Government.

Aeroplanes from Great Britain and America.


Mr Curtin n asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice. -

1.   How many aeroplanes have been ordered from Great Britain?

2.   How many have been supplied?

3.   When is full delivery expected?


Mr Street - It is considered undesirable to disclose the number of aircraft on order from. Empire sources. Such details would give a valuable lead to the aircraft productive capacity of the Empire, and possibly also the extent of aircraft reserves held. Information of this nature, taken together, is an indication of a nation's air power. There is not the same objection to disclosing numbers of aircraft ordered from foreign countries, and this information has already been made available to honorable members. It may be added that a similar policy is maintained by the United Kingdom Government.


Mr Curtin n asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   How many Avro-Anson bombers does the Government propose to borrow from Great Britain ?

2.   How many have been delivered?

3.   Are the machines new or second-hand?

4.   What is being paid for the loan of the machines ?


Mr Street - The answers to the honorable member's questions 'are as follows : -

1.   Forty.

2.   Forty.

3.   New.

4.   The Commonwealth Government will pay freight charges both ways, and normal depreciation charges which will be based on the actual amount of flying done with these aircraft.


Mr Curtin n asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   How many of the Lockheed Hudson bombers ordered from America have been supplied?

2.   When is it anticipated that the remainder will be delivered?


Mr Street - The answers to the honorable member's questionsare as follows : -

1.   None.

2.   First deliveries are due to begin in America in June and the whole order is due to be completed by the end of this calendar year.







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