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Thursday, 4 May 1939

Mr STREET - There are 80 odd Avro-Anson bombers on charge to the Royal Australian Air Force. Fifty of them have been fitted with Sperry instruments for blind flying, but the fitting is a fairly complicated procedure, and the work on each machine occupies about a fortnight. Each instrument panel has to be tailor fitted on to the machine, and that is the reason why the work has not yet been completed. The necessary instruments arrived in Australia only about the beginning of February. I am not quite sure whether the machine which fell into Port Phillip Bay two or three days ago was or was not fitted with Sperry instruments, but I understand that it was not so equipped. Orders have been given that no AvroAnson machines are to be flown until they are so fitted. The instruments required for this work are now in Australia, and it is anticipated that the work will be completed by the end of the present month.

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