HC Deb 22 March 1917 vol 91 cc2076-7W

asked the Parliamentary-Representative to the Air Board whether he is aware that new aeroplanes are being offered by the administrators of the Royal Flying Corps for sale by private tender; whether any civilian has access to inspect these machines: what is the total number of machines which are being so offered: what types of machines are being so offered; and what is the reason of their being so offered?


Certain aeroplanes are now being offered for sale by private tender. Opportunity for inspection is limited to representatives of schools instructing intending applicants for services approved by the War Office. The total number of machines is eighty-nine, composed of Bleriots, Caudron and short biplanes, Morane monoplanes, and twin Curtiss; of these, thirty-six have been used. The reasons for disposal are, in the great majority of cases, that the engines which suit these aeroplanes can be better employed in other types.