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Thursday, 2 June 1949


Mr DRAKEFORD (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for Air) - Technical officers of the Department of Air are continually in touch with experts who are developing the latest methods of aircraft propulsion and the latest types of aircraft for service purposes. There is always a team of highly qualified technical men engaged in that work. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Jones., recently visited Great Britain in order to inform his mind fully of what has been accomplished there. I have seen an article dealing with the use of a combination of gas turbines and propellors in aircraft. That development is being examined. I can assure the honorable gentleman that these matters are constantly under review. If any development occurs that is of particular interest to Australia, attention is directed to it by the experts who are overseas or by the Air Board. The fullest information regarding new developments is made available to the department. I have not yet had a report from, nor have I yet seen, the air marshal since his return from overseas, but I have no doubt that he will be able to furnish me with a great deal of data about the matters raised by the honorable gentleman.







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