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Wednesday, 21 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE - On the 29th September, Senator Turnbull asked me the following question -

I desire to ask the Minister for Defence a question without notice. He just stated that the TSR2 was flown some months after its scheduled flight. Is it not true that the TFX is already one year behind schedule? At the same time could he inform the Senate when the prototype of the TFX will be in production and does he know when it will be airborne?

I assured the honorable senator that 1 would get the particular information he asked for. I am now glad to let the honorable senator know that I have checked again on the matter of the TFX which is now the F1IIA, and I can assure him that the development of this aircraft is proceeding according to schedule. The roll-out of the first prototype occurred on the 15 th October, which was . ahead of the scheduled date. The schedule provides for the first flight of this aircraft about the end of this year.

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