We discuss a collection of First Flights that occurred down here including Richard Pearse in New Zealand (who may have flown before the Wright Brothers) and the three “First Flights” here in Australia:
- December 9, 1909: First powered flight by Colin Defries (an Englishman) in a Wright Model A flyer
- March 18th, 1910: First circling powered flight by Harry Houdini in a Voisin Biplane at Diggers’ Rest near Melbourne
- October 7th, 1910: First all Australian flight by John Duigan at Mia Mia
We also have a chat we recorded at the Melton Centenary Airshow with Clin Ashton-Martin who was flying a restored Avro Cadet trainer. You can hear our full chat with Clin (and others recorded at Melton) at our Back to the Airshow episode.