Work has begun to dismantle the iconic Vickers Vimy aircraft, which carried the Smith brothers from England to Australia in 1919, ahead of its planned move into the newly updated terminal at Adelaide Airport.
Watch below as the team at Artlab Australia, a local art restoration and conservation centre, begins their work to carefully deconstruct, relocate, and piece the aircraft, registration G-EAOU, back together in its new home.
The over 100-year-old biplane, dubbed “God ’Elp All Of Us” by the men who flew it, carried the first all-Australian air crew from Hounslow Heath Aerodrome to Darwin – via Singapore at Batavia – in December 1919.
The crew included South Australian brothers Sir Keith and Sir Ross Smith along with mechanics Jim Bennett and Wally Shiers.
It took the team aboard the Vickers Vimy, largely made of wood lined with fabric, a total of 28 days to complete their journey, with over 18,000 kilometres travelled.
In March 2022, the historic plane will be carefully moved a total of 2.1km into its new home within the terminal, with the new exhibition due to be open to the public later in the year.