§ 46. Colonel DAY
asked the Secretary of State for Air what steps have been taken with a view to ascertaining how far it is possible for aeroplanes to re-fuel in mid-air when travelling at normal speed; and what steps have been taken with a view to the creation of aerial petrol pumps?
§ Sir P. SASSOON
As regards the first part of the question, the practicability of re-fuelling aircraft in mid-air was demonstrated by successful tests at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, some years ago. As regards the second part, I am not quite clear what the hon. and gallant Member has in mind; if he means a system of aviation spirit pumps 927 similar to the wayside petrol pumps for motor cars, I do not think the need for it has yet arisen.
§ Colonel DAY
Can the hon. baronet say whether steps have been taking place to fill one aeroplane from another while it is travelling?