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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Engineering  >  Aeronautics  >  Aircraft  >  Aeroplanes  >  Biplanes
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VH-UAU Cirrus Moth biplane, 1927

This is a single-engine VH-UAU Cirrus Moth biplane that was manufactured by de Havilland in England in 1927. It features tandem accommodation for a pilot and one passenger. Primarily a wooden structure with fabric covering, it is powered by a four-cylinder air-cooled ADC Cirrus II engine with a two-blade wooden propeller. ...

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Transavia Airtruk light aeroplane, 1965

This is a Transavia PL-12 Airtruk single-engine agricultural biplane aircraft designed and built by the Transavia Corporation in Australia in 1965. The Airtruk is of all-metal construction with the cockpit mounted above a tractor engine and short pod fuselage with rear doors. It has twin tail booms with two unconnected ...

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Duigan biplane, 1910

This is a photograph of John Robertson Duigan at the controls of the aeroplane he designed and built in 1909-10. The plane appears to be on top of a hill in a rural area. Duigan is holding a control and looking away from the camera. Some struts and parts of the wings are visible. At the rear of the plane is a large propeller. ...

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Kingsford Smith lands in Brisbane, 1930

This is a silent black-and-white newsreel item of Charles Kingsford Smith landing at Brisbane in the biplane, Southern Cross Junior, after his record-breaking flight from England. Two biplanes approach the airport and are tracked as they circle, land and taxi to a halt. Kingsford Smith is shown clambering out of the cockpit, ...

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Arrival of Amy Johnson in Brisbane

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of Amy Johnson arriving at Eagle Farm, Brisbane, in May 1930. It shows crowds waving, her Gypsy Moth biplane and dignitaries welcoming her. This excerpt comes from the newsreel film entitled 'The arrival of Miss Amy Johnson in Brisbane'.

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Australian air squadron

This excerpt from a silent documentary made in 1916, entitled 'World War I: Australian Troops in the Middle East and France', depicts several biplanes, probably Sopwith Camels, being readied for take-off on a small airstrip.

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Landing on an outback airstrip

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary film made in 1929 beginning with an intertitle, 'The ''WOOLLY WEST'''. A second intertitle, 'Photography's envoy into the realm of wool makes use of Queensland's taxi service ... ''Bullocky Bill'' and his charges clear the station 'drome.' introduces footage showing a bullock ...

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Kingsford Smith lands in Brisbane - asset 1

This is a silent black-and-white film clip from a newsreel of Charles Kingsford Smith's biplane, 'Southern Cross Junior', landing in Brisbane after his record-breaking 12-day flight from England in 1930. A title 'Al Burne presents Kingsford Smith's ARRIVAL in BRISBANE -' is followed by 'Creating a world’s record in Aviation, ...

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Kingsford Smith lands in Brisbane - asset 2

This is a silent black-and-white film clip from a newsreel of Charles Kingsford Smith's arrival at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, after his record-breaking 12-day flight from England in 1930 in the 'Southern Cross Junior' biplane. It shows Kingsford Smith climbing out of the cockpit, surrounded by journalists, smoking a ...

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Aerial crop dusting in 1970

This is a photograph showing the aerial crop dusting of a banana plantation in 1970. A small single-propeller-blade biplane is spraying a cloud of liquid as it flies low over the crops.

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RAAF fly-past, Canberra, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph of Royal Australian Air Force Avro 504K aircraft taking part in a fly-past at the opening of the provisional Parliament House (now Old Parliament House) in Canberra in 1927. Three planes are flying in formation over soldiers drawn up in ranks and sightseers from the general public.

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Hinkler with his Avro Avian aircraft, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph of Bert Hinkler folding the wings of his Avro Avian biplane at York Park in Canberra, where he attended a formal reception at Parliament House following his record-breaking solo flight from London to Darwin in 1928. A small crowd, mainly men and boys, watches from behind a white picket fence.

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'Southern Cross' above Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1931

This is a 1931 gelatin silver-toned composite photograph measuring 32 cm x 25.5 cm, produced by Hall and Co. It shows Charles Kingsford Smith's monoplane, the 'Southern Cross', flying over the partially constructed Sydney Harbour Bridge, escorted by a biplane. The view is from the north-west, probably McMahons Point, and ...

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Qantas letter about the first 'flying doctor' trip, 1928

This is a letter dated 16 May 1928 from the Managing Director of the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (Qantas) concerning the expected first trip of what is now the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The letter is addressed to the Controller of Civil Aviation at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne, and announces ...

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Aviator William Ewart Hart's biplane, 1911

This is a 23.4 cm x 38.8 cm sepia-toned photograph of the homemade biplane of one of Australia's first aviators, William Ewart Hart (1885-1943), after its 1911 landing on the Sydney Showground, New South Wales. A crowd has gathered around the aircraft, obscuring Hart from view.

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'Nancy Bird Walton with her plane, Gypsy Moth, 1935'

This is a black-and-white close-up photograph (9.5 cm x 11.8 cm) showing the famous Australian pilot Nancy Bird (1915-) leaning against the open cockpit of her de Havilland biplane.

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Wright brothers flying their 'Model A' plane, 1908

This is an excerpt from 'Flying', a black-and-white silent documentary about the history of flight, made in about 1927. The excerpt features the famous US pioneer aviators Wilbur and Orville Wright. The opening sequence shows the brothers' 'Model A' aeroplane at the Le Mans racing track in France in 1908, surrounded by ...

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Pioneer aviators Houdini and Beachey, 1910 and 1915

This is an excerpt from 'Flying', a black-and-white silent documentary about the history of flight, made in about 1927. This excerpt features two pioneer aviators, Lincoln Beachey and Harry Houdini. The opening sequence shows Beachey climbing into a monoplane in San Francisco on 14 March 1915. After an assistant spins the ...

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Pilot Harriet Quimby, 1912

This is an excerpt from 'Flying', a black-and-white silent documentary about the history of flight, made in about 1927. This sequence features the flight across the English Channel in 1912 of US pilot Harriet Quimby. The opening shots show Quimby preparing for the flight at an airfield in the English port town of Dover. ...

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Pioneer aviators Hawker and Grieve, 1919

This is an excerpt from 'Flying', a black-and-white silent documentary about the history of flight, made in about 1927. This excerpt features Harry Hawker and Kenneth MacKenzie Grieve, whose aeroplane crashed during an attempted transatlantic flight in 1919. The opening scene shows Hawker and Grieve on their way to London ...