Air Committee

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Air Committee
United Kingdom
Agency overview
Formed1912
Preceding agency
DissolvedMay, 1916
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersWhitehall
London
Parent agencyHM Government

The Air Committee on appointed 13 April 1912 to co-ordinate the design and procurement activities of the the separate air services of the Admiralty and the War Office. In February 1916 it was superseded by an Joint War Air Committee.[1]

History

On 13 April 1912, less than two weeks after the creation of the Royal Flying Corps (which initially consisted of both a naval and a military wing), an Air Committee was established to act as an intermediary between the Department of Admiralty and the War Office in matters relating to aviation. The new Air Committee was composed of representatives of the two war ministries, and although it could make recommendations, it lacked executive authority. The recommendations of the Air Committee had to be ratified by the Board of Admiralty and the Imperial General Staff and, in consequence, the Committee was not particularly effective. The increasing separation of army and naval aviation from 1912 to 1914 only exacerbated the Air Committee's ineffectiveness and the Committee did not meet after the outbreak of the First World War.[2]

Members of the Air Committee

Included:[3]

  1. Secretary of State for War (President).
  2. Commandant, Central Flying School.
  3. Officer Commanding Naval Wing, Royal Flying Corps, (RFC).
  4. Officer Commanding Military Wing, Royal Flying Corps, (RFC).
  5. Director of Operations, Operations Division (War Staff), Department of Admiralty.
  6. Director of the, Air Department, Department of Admiralty.
  7. Director of the Military Training Department, (later Directorate of Military Training), General Staff, War Office.
  8. Director of the Artillery Department, (later called Directorate of Artillery), Master-General of the Ordnance,, War Office.
  9. Director of Fortification and Works Department, (later Directorate of Fortifications and Works), Master-General of the Ordnance, War Office.
  10. Chairman of the War Office Flying Committee.
  11. Superintendent of the Royal Aircraft Factory.
  12. A Representative of HM Treasury.
  13. Secretary a member of the Secretariat, Committee of Imperial Defence (CID).

Footnotes

  1. "Records created or inherited by the Air Ministry, the Royal Air Force, and related bodies". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, London: National Archives UK. 1862–1992. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  2. National Archives UK.
  3. Barrass, M. B. (31 August 2019). "Air Boards pre Air Ministry". www.rafweb.org. Raf Web Org. Retrieved 18 September 2019.

Bibliography

  1. Barrass, M. B. (31 August 2019). "Air Boards pre Air Ministry". www.rafweb.org. Raf Web Org. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  2. "Records created or inherited by the Air Ministry, the Royal Air Force, and related bodies". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, London: National Archives UK. 1862–1992. Retrieved 18 September 2019.