2010 Australia – Centenary Of Powered Flight – John Duigan

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Australia – Centenary Of Powered Flight – John Duigan – Prestamped Postcard.

Released to celebrate 100 years of powered flight in Australia this postcard has the $1.45 stamp featuring John Duigan’s gallant powered flight in Australia in 1910.

Aviation enthusiasts everywhere should be very keen on acquiring this set in full.

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APMX 363 2010 Australia Maximum Cards: Australia Post Series – Prepaid Postcards.  

Centenary of Powered Flight first day of issue  

This issue commemorates three significant powered flights from Australia’s early aviation history.

“According to the criteria set by the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain, the first sustained, controlled flight in a powered aircraft was made by Englishman Colin Defries on 9 December 1909 at Victoria Park racecourse in Sydney. The plane was a modified Wright Model A named The Stella.”

“On 18 March 1910, at Diggers Rest, Victoria, the American “escapologist” Harry Houdini made the first of several well-publicised flights in this country. His aircraft was an imported Voisin, with his name emblazoned on the tail.”

“John Duigan was the first Australian to successfully fly an Australian-designed and constructed powered aircraft. On 7 October 1910, Duigan’s self-designed biplane fl ew 180 metres at 64kph at an altitude of 3.4 metres at his family property at Mia Mia, Victoria.”

History

John Robertson Duigan MC (31 May 1882 – 11 June 1951) was an Australian pioneer aviator who built and flew the first Australian-made aircraft. Duigan was born in Terang, Victoria, and grew up on his family farm “Spring Plains”, near Mia Mia. He studied electrical engineering at Finsbury College, London, before returning to farm life. From 1908, he began experimenting with aviation, first constructing a glider, and then a powered aircraft. This un-named machine, referred to by posterity as the Duigan pusher biplane made a short (7 m) flight on 16 July 1910, which was followed by ever longer and higher flights. His second powered aircraft, the Duigan tractor biplane was built in 1912, but was damaged in a crash in February 1913 that left Duigan badly bruised; it was his last aircraft. On 26 November that year he married nurse Kathleen Rebecca Corney at Caulfield.

(All history taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.)

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