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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Mr OSBORNE (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Air) - The aircraft which returned to California is attached to No. 1 1 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force and is one of those which have been in the United States being fitted with small jet engines to increase their performance. 1 understand that a fuel leak developed in the course of flight, and that the captain very properly returned to the United States until the fault had been corrected. It is not very unusual, either with civil or military aircraft, for such a defect to occur, and the captain acted correctly.

The honorable member has asked me what is the range of these aircraft. I do not carry in my mind the exact maximum range figure, but these aircraft can fly for approximately eighteen hours at their ordinary cruising speed.

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