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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 1714

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister for Civil Aviation: With the concern being expressed by some people over the proposed supersonic flight of the Concorde aircraft over some parts of Australia, can he say whether any figures are available of supersonic flights over Europe and the United States of America and what were the effects of those flights?

Senator COTTON - Fairly precise figures are available on supersonic flights over the continental United States of America. There are in the order of 26,000 such flights each year and they have been taking place since about 1967. There is no evidence of any kind of harm being caused by these flights. There have been instances where specific supersonic flights have taken place at low levels to determine possible damage. I do not have precise figures of supersonic flights in Europe and the United Kingdom although there is some information which I can get. It is known that there has been quite a number of flights over Paris at supersonic levels by the Concorde 001 prototype.

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