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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 912


Senator CARRICK - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Air, relates to the supersonic aircraft now flying in Australia and in other countries. I ask: Firstly, is it a fact that in Australia and in other continents supersonic aircraft have been operating for some years? Secondly, will the Minister indicate in general terms the nature of the supersonic aircraft now used in military operations and the countries over which they operate at present? Thirdly, have these operations produced any adverse ecological effects or serious damage to property?


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - It is true that supersonic aircraft have been operating in Australia and in other countries for some years. The type of air craft now operating in Australia on military operations are the Mirage and the F4. The Fill will be operating later. The Fill and the F4 are 2 aircraft that are at present operating in America and in Great Britain. The Mirage is operating over Europe and over other countries in the southern part of the eastern Mediterranean. I should point out that the Fill and the F4 have been and will be in the future operating over certain parts of Europe. To my knowledge no serious damage has been done to property in any of those countries.







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