Catalogue description Deputy Controller of Aircraft (Research and Development): Unregistered Files

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Reference: AVIA 73
Title: Deputy Controller of Aircraft (Research and Development): Unregistered Files

This series contains unregistered papers of the Deputy Controller of Aircraft (Research & Development) (DCA (R & D)). These files contain copies of correspondence and working papers on a few high profile issues which were collected by Dr (later Sir) Walter Cawood and his successor M B Morgan during their time as DCA(R & D). Also includes some earlier papers collected by the first DCA(R & D) in his previous post as Director General of Scientific Research (Air).

These files were originally unregistered but in 1979 were registered by the Air (PE) Division of the Ministry of Defence Procurement Executive which provided the general secretariat function within the Controllerate of Aircraft.

Date: 1956-1962
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Ministry of Aviation, Deputy Controller of Aircraft (Research & Development), 1959-1966

Ministry of Supply, Deputy Controller of Aircraft (Research & Development), 1958-1959

Physical description: 5 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure
Immediate source of acquisition:

Ministry of Defence , from 1999

Custodial history: Transferred to Ministry of Defence in 1966
Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The post of Deputy Controller of Aircraft (Research & Development) [DCA(R & D)] was created under the Ministry of Supply in April 1958 as the principal scientific and technical authority under the Controller of Aircraft. DCA(R & D) was responsible for planning future weapons systems, advising on new Service requirements, control of development of military aircraft engines and equipment, as well as civil and transport aircraft. The post continued throughout the subsequent departmental re-organisations until 1972 when, as part of the creation of the Procurement Executive of the Ministry of Defence, the role was absorbed by the Air (Procurement Executive) Division.

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