AIRLINER HISTORY: Brabazon Committee Part One

Subject to hesitation, repetition and deviation from the outset, even the most generous soul would shy from claiming that the Brabazon Committee — experts tasked to recommend the best way forward for the development of British commercial aircraft after World War Two — had proven a success. On the 75th anniversary of its final report, we examine the reasons why 

It may appear surprising that MPs and Lords were prepared to spend time challenging the government on the need to address the UK’s inadequacy in transport and civil aircraft at a time when Britain and its allies were deeply embroiled in the war, but exactly that happened during 1942. This was why the government established the Transport Aircraft Committee, referred to as the Brabazon Committee, in the closing days of the year following a sustained campaign in Parliament and the press. Britain’s weakness regarding these aircraft types had been exposed — not for the first time — and action was most definitely required, even with the outcome of the war far from certain and military design and production taking absolute priority.

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