HC Deb 21 January 1948 vol 446 c180
4. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation whether he will give a list of the airports where the Brabazon will be able to land in parts of the world served by British airlines; and how many of these are within reasonable distance of each other in case of one of them being unserviceable.

Mr. Lindgren

The Brabazon I was designed for the North Atlantic route. It is anticipated that a re-designed undercarriage, to be fitted to the operational aircraft, will allow of the use of aerodromes on the route as developed for contemporary types. Pending the outcome of a series of engineering experiments, I am unable to give more definite information.

Mr. Teeling

While I thank the hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask if he will make it quite clear, because so many people seem to think that the Brabazon is going to be used elsewhere?

Mr. Lindgren

It is designed for the North Atlantic. Whether or not it will be used on other routes will depend on the characteristics of the aircraft when it flies.

Mr. William Shepherd

Is there any aerodrome at present capable of accommodating the Brabazon?

Mr. Lindgren

It is not a question of aerodromes, but of the bearing strength of the runways. If we can so redesign the undercarriage to take the weight, the existing aerodromes will take the aircraft.