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Queen's Flight

Volume 639: debated on Wednesday 3 May 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will state the composition of the Queen's Flight of aircraft; how much it cost initially; what is the total annual running and maintenance cost; and to what use the aircraft are put when not being used by members of the Royal Family.

The Queen's Flight at present consists of three Herons, two Whirlwinds and one Chipmunk. The initial cost of these aircraft was about £420,000. The annual running and maintenance costs are about £225,000. Aircraft of the Queen's Flight may be used by senior Ministers and other important passengers, such as the Chiefs of Staff, when they are not needed by members of the Royal Family.