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Transport Squadrons, Far East

Volume 478: debated on Wednesday 25 October 1950

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98.

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many transport squadrons in the Far East are equipped with Dakota aircraft; and what steps he is taking to re-equip them with new aircraft.

All the R.A.F. transport squadrons in the Far East Air Force are equipped with Dakotas. They are due to begin to re-equipment with Valettas next March.

99.

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is satisfied that there is a constant and adequate supply of Dakota spare parts at the disposal of transport squadrons in the Far East to maintain a standard of servicing which complies with his Department's regulations; and how much aircraft maintenance is done by National Service men with short experience.

In general there is no shortage of spare parts for these aircraft in the Far East. A limited range of infrequently required parts have to be obtained by priority demand, but there is no undue delay. The standard of servicing and serviceability is high. About 10 per cent. of the personnel engaged on servicing are National Service airmen working under the supervision of experienced regular N.C.O.s.

100.

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether transport squadrons in the Far East are equipped with serviceable parachutes on a scale which fully complies with his Department's regulations.