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Tuesday, 17 May 1960

Mr KILLEN (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - My question, which is directed without notice to the Minister for Defence, relates to the shooting down of an American aircraft styled the U2. I ask the Minister: Is he or any one in his department able to give a technical explanation of how it is that the film in the camera of that machine was not damaged, bearing in mind that the aircraft was presumably hit by a homing-style rocket and fell from a height of 60,000 feet? Has the Minister received information that explains the precise circumstances in which the pilot left the aircraft, again bearing in mind that the pilot did not use his ejector seat?

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