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Wednesday, 1 May 1957

Mr RIORDAN (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - Is the Minister for Air aware that last Friday night a giant Bristol Britannia, one of Britain's most modern aircraft, became bogged at the Cloncurry aerodrome after breaking through the surface of the tarmac? As this aerodrome is under the control of the Commonwealth Government and is vital to the defence of northern Australia - and therefore to the Royal Australian Air Force - has action been initiated to take pressure tests of runways, or to ensure that this and other northern aerodromes vital to our defence are capable of taking aircraft of any size or weight?

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