§ The Minister of Supply (Mr. Reginald Maudling)
The Rotodyne is propelled in forward cruising flight by two Napier Eland turbo prop engines which are mounted in short fixed wings. Lift for vertical flight and hovering is provided by a rotor which is powered by tip jet units drawing compressed air from the main engines. In cruising flight the rotor free wheels and the lift is shared with the fixed wings. The Rotodyne, when developed, is expected to carry about forty passengers over stage lengths of 350–400 miles, at a cruising speed of about 170 miles an hour.
Progress continues with the design and construction of the two prototypes ordered by my Department and the first is now nearing completion.
§ Mr. Maudling
It would be unwise to predict when it will appear actually in operation on routes, but I hope that the first prototype will fly reasonably early next year.