HC Deb 12 June 1912 vol 39 cc1003-4W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that ladies have on several occasions been taken as passengers in naval aeroplanes at Eastchurch; whether this has been done with the knowledge of the Lords of the Admiralty; and whether, in view of the danger which still attaches to aeroplaning, the practice of taking ladies as passengers will be prohibited?


The Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are aware that on a few special occasions ladies who are personal friends of the naval flying officers have been given flights, and no objection has been taken to this. The naval pilots are encouraged to make voluntary flights with and without passengers, in addition to those that are necessary for service purposes, in order that they may gain as much experience as possible. Owing to the larger scale which the flying service is assuming, it is under consideration to issue instructions to the naval wing of the Royal Flying Corps on this subject.

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