Aircraft (Deck Landings)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1951.

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Surgeon Lieut. - Commander Bennett:

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what progress is being made in the development of a standard technique and practice of deck landing in British and American aircraft carriers.

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

Complete standardisation has been achieved between the Royal Navy and the United States Navy in this matter.

Surgeon Lieut.-Commander Bennett:

In view of the considerable disparity of landing-on rates and accident rates under this technique between British and American carriers, can the Parliamentary Secretary give an assurance that any modifications needed for the standardisation to be made a success in this country will be done by modifications of aircraft rather than of technique?

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

Standardisation was achieved some time ago. The process has been going on for a very long time.

Photo of Captain Robert Ryder Captain Robert Ryder , Merton and Morden

Are we standardising the American system rather than our own?

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

It is standardisation by mutual agreement.