HC Deb 02 July 1925 vol 185 c2798

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, following the example of the Navy, he will consider the suggestion that the larger planes and, in due course, British airships bear names instead of numbers, and commemorate, among others, pioneers in the aeronautical world?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Major Sir Philip Sassoon)

My hon. Friend's suggestion will be favourably considered as regards airships, but it could not, I think, be applied satisfactorily to aeroplanes, since it would be almost impossible to differentiate between them on the basis of size, and the types, moreover, are of great variety and are constantly being modified and changed.

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