Watch Charles Kingsford Smith’s Southern Cross in flight in 1990 – Australian Aviation
Last month, a reconstructed replica of America’s first plane to fly to Australia made its first motorized taxi ride to the HARS Aviation Museum.
Charles Kingsford Smith’s Southern Cross was originally recreated in the 1980s, but suffered a broken wing during an emergency landing in South Africa in May 2002. His restoration team, led by the chef Jim Thurston, hopes it will take off later in 2022.
Here however, Australian Aviation reader Mike Millett shares these images of the same Southern Cross, VH-USU, in March 1990, when the New Zealand Warbirds Association hosted the Warbirds 90 Air Spectacular at the airfield. Ardmore in Auckland.
Southern Cross II is a flying replica of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith’s famous Southern Cross Fokker F. Viib-3m from the 1920s and 1930s.
Built in South Australia between 1980 and 1987, the aircraft circled Australia during the bicentennial of 1988.
The Southern Cross is a faithful replica built to modern standards using traditional tubular steel and wood aircraft construction with doped Irish linen for the fuselage and an all-wood wing (spruce and plywood).
It is believed to be the largest “exact replica” of airplanes in the world and to have the largest one-piece wing ever made in Australia.
You can see the second iteration of the replica make its first motorized taxi ride at the HARS Aviation Museum below.
HARS President Bob De La Hunty said: “It now looks amazing, a work of art as much as a life-size replica with its 22-meter wingspan. “
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