HL Deb 08 March 2005 vol 670 c74WA
Lord Astor of Hever

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What systematic assessment they have made of prospective metal fatigue as a determinant of safe in-service lives for military transport aircraft. [HL1412]

Lord Bach

Transport aircraft in service with the UK Armed Forces are designed and certified to strict airworthiness standards. These require the aircraft designer to specify the safe "in-service" life of each aircraft prior to the aircraft being released into service.

The structural integrity of the aircraft, which includes the fatigue life of the aircraft structure, is maintained by adherence to the procedures detailed within military airworthiness regulations.