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Dummy Deck Landing Practices, Lee

Volume 478: debated on Wednesday 25 October 1950

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty why continuous dummy deck landing practice is now being carried out at the Royal Naval Air Station, Lee on Solent, in contravention of an undertaking given to a local school that this extremely noisy practice would cease as soon as the Royal Naval Air Station. Ford, became serviceable.

The Headmaster of the School was told in June, 1949, that it was intended to move the dummy deck landing practices to another air station. He was at the same time warned that this did not mean that there would never be any more dummy deck landing at Lee. Although much of this form of flying was transferred, it has proved impossible to avoid some training at Lee and the Headmaster's Solicitors were so told in January, 1950. This flying is periodical and not continuous. Whilst I fully recognise and regret the inconvenience it causes such flying is essential for defence purposes.