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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 902

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) - Can the Minister for Air recall an answer which he gave in this place on 14th September in which he said that there are no plans for the Royal Australian Air Force to buy tanker aircraft to refuel Fill aircraft? Can the Minister confirm or deny reports that the RAAF now intends to buy surplus Boeing 707 aircraft from Qantas Airways Ltd for this purpose?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - There is a requirement to replace the Hercules 130A aircraft. I have stated quite clearly in the Senate on a number of occasions that for some time the Department of Defence and the Department of Air have been looking at a replacement for this aircraft, from the aspect of having a carriercumtanker type replacement. I have nothing further to add, other than to say that on the present configuration of the FI 1 1 aircraft, with its external wing tanks, there is no requirement at this time for a tanker aircraft.

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