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Tuesday, 14 March 1961

Mr TOWNLEY (DENISON, TASMANIA) (Minister for Defence) - I could not give the honorable member a firm date. We are hoping that by the end of 1962 the first of these aircraft will go into the Royal Australian Air Force. As the honorable member probably knows, trials are still being conducted with the Rolls-Royce engine. Up to date, they have been eminently satisfactory, but, until the trials have been completed, we shall not proceed with the assembling of these aircraft. All I can say is that it is planned to have them going into the Air Force towards the end of next year.

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