HC Deb 01 May 1913 vol 52 cc1396-7W

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the total number of officers and men engaged in aviation or in the construction of flying machines; and what number have been killed or injured?

Colonel SEELY

In the Military Wing of the Royal Flying Corps and at the Central Flying School there are at present eighty-three officers and 692 other ranks engaged in aviation, including five Naval and Marine officers and twenty-three Naval ratings employed at the school. All this personnel is to some extent employed on the repair of machines but not in construction. There are also twenty-four officers in the Reserve. Six officers and one non-commissioned officer have been killed while flying, and two officers and one man have been injured but have recovered. There have been in addition a few minor accidents in connection with motor driving and the workshops.