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  "Southern Cross" in display hangar
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  • "Southern Cross" in display hangar - Brisbane
      "Southern Cross" in display hangar
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  • Historic aircraft "Southern Cross" - Brisbane
      Historic aircraft "Southern Cross"
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  • "Southern Cross" - Brisbane
      "Southern Cross"
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  • The "Southern Cross" display. - Brisbane
      The "Southern Cross" display.
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If you’re an overseas visitor to Australia or, for that matter, an Australian who has travelled overseas, you doubtless will never forget the seemingly endless hours spent cramped in the jet while you travelled across the oceans. Chances are you’ll be flying out of Brisbane so might I suggest that, when you return to the airport, you stop to see the “Southern Cross” in its own little concrete hangar – I promise it will help put your trip into perspective.

In May 1928, the Australian pilots Kingsford-Smith and Ulm, with two American crew members Lyon and Warner, set out in the Fokker FVII aircraft Southern Cross on the first ever flight across the Pacific Ocean to Australia. Their route was from California via Hawaii, Suva and Fiji, and the trip took 83.5 flying hours. The aircraft was not soundproofed, so the three radial engines would have been deafening – while the interior was considerably more basic than modern aircraft, and the whole trip was at low level where it was subject to the weather. A crowd of 25,000 were waiting at Brisbane Airport to see the conclusion of the epic trip.

Later, the same pilots took the Southern Cross on the first ever flight across the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand and on a direct flight from Melbourne to Perth in Western Australia. In 1929 they flew in what then was a record time of 12 days 18 hours from Australia to England, following that with a direct flight from Ireland to Newfoundland in 31.5 hours.
See, I told you this would help put a different perspective on your trip!

Kingsford Smith subsequently disappeared, in another aircraft, on a further record attempt in 1935. His aircraft the “Southern Cross” is on display in Brisbane because this was where the famous trans-Pacific flight finished

You’ll find the Southern Cross display at Brisbane Airport, near a roundabout just off the side of the access road to the terminals. There is plenty of parking and the display is free.

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  • Updated Jan 19, 2007
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