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Six new inductees named for Australian Aviation Hall of Fame

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 1, 2014

Ansett founder Sir Reg Ansett is being inducted into the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame.
Ansett founder Sir Reg Ansett is being inducted into the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame.

The founder of Ansett Airlines has been named as one of six new inductees into the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame (AAHOF).

The Australian Air Force Cadets will also be presented with the Southern Cross Award for outstanding contribution to aviation by an organisation at the induction dinner on Saturday November 8 at Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga.

Sir Reginald Ansett, a qualified pilot, began Ansett Airways in 1936 with a six-seat Fokker Universal flying between Hamilton and Melbourne.

From those beginnings, the airline grew to over 100 aircraft and served more than 80 Australian and international destinations, as well as membership of the Star Alliance, before it collapsed in 2002.

The other five members to be inducted into the Hall of Fame are:
– Senja Robey, founding member and past president of the Australian Women Pilots Association;
– Horace Brisnmead, AFC Lieutenant Colonel, the first controller of civil aviation in Australia;
– Harry Hawker, the co-founder of Hawker Aircraft;
– Col Pay, a pioneer of aerial work, crop dusting and water bombing aircraft in Australia, and;
– Ingo Renner, a four-time world and 19-time Australian gliding champion.


“The awards represent those who have not only achieved incredible feats personally but have also made outstanding contributions to the development of aviation and the fabric of Australian life,” AAHOF chairman Steve Padgett said in a statement.

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Comments (4)

  • Jeff Atkinson


    Gee she’s a great looking Aircraft.I remember the 727’s and DC 9’s well. Can you please bring back those times.Red hot day’s and ciggerette commercials,Beer ads .Hoges on the tele.Taxi’s at the airport with the aircon not working.And you got to sit up front if you asked nicely

  • Geoff


    The above photo of the B727 looks like Seattle. Anyone know ?

  • Bob Livingstone


    Senja and Col: great recipients. Senja is still going strong and she and Keith gave their whole lives to General Aviation out of Bankstown and Hoxton Park and Senja is such a delightful lady. Col was an icon of the Ag and Warbird industries and should have been recognised long ago. Congratulations to both and their families.

  • Nimbus


    Ingo Renner has 37,000 gliding hours of which none were done on autopilot or sleeping in the back of a long haul flight on duty logging hours. That’s a lot of hands on flying..He is still flying gliders in Tocumwal.. Wonderful modest person.. Congrats Ingo..

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