Schneider Cup Race.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 27th July 1927.

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Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

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asked the Secretary of State for Air how many high-speed machines of the Supermarine-Napier and Gloster-Napier types are being built; how many, including reserves, are to be sent to Venice for the Schneider Cup race; and whether a warship or aircraft carrier is to accompany the British Schneider Cup team?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

The answer to the first part of the question is that three of each of the types of aircraft mentioned are built or are being built for experimental work; to the second part, that three Supermarine and two Gloster machines together with a Short seaplane fitted with a Bristol engine will be sent to Venice to be tested out in the Schneider Cup race. As regards the last part, an aircraft carrier and four destroyers will visit Venice at the time of the race, and it has been arranged with the Admiralty that they shall give such assistance as may be possible to the British team.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Can the hon. Baronet say how long before the race the team will be allowed to go to Venice, so that they can practise over the course?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

I think about a week.