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Training Centres, Southern Rhodesia (Equipment)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Air what are the types of training aeroplanes and machine guns actually available for training at the R.A.F. training centres at Gwelo, Heany, Kamulo and Thornhill Southern Rhodesia; and if he is satisfied that such equipment is the appropriate type having regard to present standard equipment in the R.A.F.

It is the policy of the R.A.F. to use the same types of training equipment at centres in this country and at centres overseas. The aeroplanes available at the R.A.F. training centres in Southern Rhodesia are Tiger Moths, Harvards and Ansons The machine guns to be used are .5 inch Browning and 20 millimetre Hispano guns. Owing to transport difficulties, they have not yet been sent out but I hope that they will be available very soon