||Volume 18, Issue 01, 1956, Air Pictorial
IN 1910, two aeroplanes, a Bleriot monoplane and a Wilbur Wright biplane were introduced into Australia. The machines were perfect in themselves, but , there being no person capable of utilising them, they were dismantled and their engines cast into the sea-to avoid import duty! However, the following year, with an aeroplane available, the first Australian obtained the coveted Royal Aero Club Certificate (No. 199), his effort being officially witnessed by four members of the Aerial League of Australia. Military aviation soon followed: in 1913 two B.E.2As were shipped out and used at Point Cook, Victoria , where a flying school had been newly established. It was to become the centre of Australian flying training.
On the outbreak of war in 1914, a Maurice Farman Seaplane, owned by a citizen of Sydney, was presented to the Government; it accompanied the Australian Expeditionary Force to New Guinea, but it is doubtful if it was much used and it ended its days at Point Cook....
Airco DH.9, Avro 694 Lincoln, Bristol Beaufighter, Bristol Beaufort, Bristol Bulldog, de Havilland DH.84 Dragon, de Havilland Mosquito, Fairey III, Westland WapitiContinue reading