HC Deb 29 January 1947 vol 432 c932
42. Wing-Commander Robinson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what is the reason for the purchase of three Sikorsky helicopters by B.E.A.; whether these helicopters are required for experimental or operational use; and, if for operational use, where will they be used.

Mr. Lindgren

The development of British helicopters has been in train for some time, and several firms are actively engaged on this work. Three Sikorsky helicopters have been ordered for British European Airways Corporation from the United States of America through a British firm which, with the approval of the Ministry of Supply, has arranged to manufacture this type under licence in this country at a later date. The three machines will be used for experimental work in the first instance.