§ 38. Mr. John Hall
asked the Secretary of State for Air if it is intended to adapt the Zell take-off system for the V-bomber force.
§ Mr. H. Fraser
No, Sir. There is no requirement for a take-off system of this type, which is inappropriate for so large and heavy an aircraft as a V-bomber.
§ Mr. Mulley
Can the Secretary of State enlighten us as to what a Zell take-off system is and tell us why it is not suitable for this class of 'plane?
§ Mr. Fraser
My hon. Friend the Member fox Wycombe (Mr. John Hall) will correct me if I am wrong, but I understand that Zell is the technical word used by the American forces to spell out "zero launch". It is a rocket propulsion job to get an aircraft up in a very short 520 distance, but it cannot be applied to a very heavy aircraft. As far as the next stage goes, I would prefer to rely on vertical take-off rather than this proposed system, or the T.S.R.2, which is able to use dispersed airfields.