Centenary of airmail flight completed

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 15, 2014
Owen Zupp welcomed to Bankstown by the French Ambassador to Australia. (Owen Zupp)
Owen Zupp and his Jabiru are welcomed to Bankstown by the French Ambassador to Australia. (via Owen Zupp)

Pilot, prolific author and Australian Aviation contributor Owen Zupp completed a flight to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first airmail service in Australia on July 14.

Flown in a Jabiru J-230 and escorted by various classic and vintage aircraft throughout the journey, Zupp departed Essendon Airport in Melbourne on July 12, and followed the same route as that flown by the original 1914 service, taking in Mangalore, Benalla, Wangaratta, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Temora, Harden, Goulburn, Mittagong, and Sydney.

Although the original flight was completed on July 16, the anniversary flight was moved forward by two days so as to finish on July 14 in recognition of France’s Bastille Day and the original pilot, Frenchman Maurice Guillaux who flew a Bleriot XI monoplane.

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Zupp was welcomed to Bankstown by Ambassador of France to Australia, Christophe Lecourtier.

The original Bleriot monoplane now hangs on display in Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum right alongside a Beech Queenair that Zupp’s father flew to pioneer the air ambulance concept with the RFDS in the 1960s.

Owen Zupp in front of the original Bleriot XI monoplane used in the first airmail flight in 2014. (Owen Zupp)
Owen Zupp in front of the original Bleriot XI monoplane used in the first airmail flight in 1914. (via Owen Zupp)

 

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2 Comments

  • Pontious

    says:

    Well done. And his articles are always good value. I was trained by his Dad in the late 50’s but did not know till much later that Phil’s gammy leg was from taking a bullet in a Meteor in Korea. Keep going Owen.

  • Scott

    says:

    Great job Owen. I have always enjoyed your articles and books. If you want to stay informed follow Owen on Facebook and twitter.

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