Image courtesy of John Scott, 2009 Today marks the Centenary of Colin Defries's historic flight in his Wright Model A 'The Stella' at Victoria Park Racecourse on 9th December 1909. To recognise this, here is my fourth and final instalment of the saga...
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Harry Houdini, Fred Custance and the "Aviation History Wars" Aviation journalist, Jack Percival, wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald of August 7th, 1960: No special celebration is planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the first flight in a powered aeroplane in Australia...the experts can't agree to whom the honour should be given for the first true flight.
Colin Defries and the first powered flight in Australia Just four days after George made the first free heavier-than-air flight in the glider at Narrabeen, a young Englishman, Colin Defries left the ground in a Wright Model A, that he had named The Stella after his new wife, at Victoria Park race course south of Sydney.
George and Florence Taylor, the first untethered heavier-than-air flights On December 5, 1909 George Augustine Taylor became the first man in Australia to fly an untethered heavier-than-air craft.
On December 9th this year the Museum will celebrate the centenary of the first powered flight in Australia through a joint meeting with the Royal Aeronautical Society and Aviation Historical Society of NSW and a small foyer showcase display.
Name Ian Debenham (retired February 2010) What is your specialty area? In a former life, I was a Licence Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Qantas who left and obtained an Honours Degree in Ancient History - Roman economic history to be precise.