asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will publish a paper containing a full report of the work done during the past 12 months by the Department of the Controller of Civil Aviation?
The reports of the work done by the Department of the Controller-General of Civil Aviation are published half-yearly. The report for the period 1st April to 30th September, 1921, was presented to Parliament last month (Cmd. 1559).
asked the Secretary of State for Air the mileage flown by service aircraft, by classified types if available, during 1920 and 1921, showing what part of this mileage was flown in the British Isles and what part was flown on active service?
Figures for 1920 are not available. For 1921 the total mileage flown by Service aircraft was, approximately, 5 million miles, of which 53 per cent. was flown in the British Isles and 47 per cent. overseas. I cannot give figures for the various types.2243W
asked the Secretary of State for Air the numbers and types of aircraft (landplanes and seaplanes) in flying trim now in possession of the Air Ministry, showing how many are situated in the British Isles?
There are 1,938 machines on the establishment of the Royal Air Force, of which 773 are actually in active use in squadrons and training units, and are supposed to be serviceable. The remainder are held as reserve. Of the 773 in active use, about 70 to 75 per cent. may be reckoned upon as serviceable, that is, in flying trim but the number varies, of course, very considerably, from day to day and from hour to hour.
The types are as follow:
- Bristol Fighter.
- Vickers Vimy.
- F.2.A. and F.5.
- Vickers Ambulance.
- Vickers Vernon.
- Fairey 3 D.
- Fairey 3 C.
- Westland Walrus.
- Sopwith Cuckoo.
- Sopwith Camel.