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Centenary Flight Celebration - Central Australian Aviation Museum

The first flight from Melbourne to Alice Springs, 100 years ago this year, was made by a passionate young aviator – Frank Briggs – then aged 27, in a de Havilland-4 owned by his employer, Clement de Garis.

His mechanic was Alfred (George) Bailey. Both were WWI Australian air force veterans and Briggs is celebrated as the pioneer of several Australian domestic and commercial routes, starting with the first east-west flight across Australia.

Briggs took 10 days to reach Alice Springs on 5 October 1921, departing from Melbourne and putting down at Nhill, Adelaide, Maree, Oodnadatta and the Charlotte Waters Telegraph Station, en route.

The trip took ten days. However, before they could return the aviators had to wait a number of weeks for their fuel supply to arrive by camel train!

The Central Australian Aviation Museum is hosting a program of celebration events between 2 – 5 October 2021, including community dinner featuring re-enactment of first landing, reception at historic Araluen Homestead, aviation movies fest, Museum tours, visits to related historical facilities and invitation to fly the route.

See the Museum website for details
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