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Wednesday, 1 October 1958

Mr OSBORNE - I have no formal or official information on the report to which the honorable member has referred. I have read in aviation publications, however, that there is some proposal to try the Lockheed Electra, or an aircraft using the airframe of a Lockheed Electra, as a maritime reconnaissance aircraft in the United States Navy. Whether this proposal has gone beyond the stage of speculation I do not know. In any event, if the proposal were proceeded with, such an aircraft would1 not come into operation for a number of years. In the meantime, the Lockheed Neptunes with which one of our maritime squadrons is equipped remain first-class, front-line maritime reconnaissance aircraft.

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