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Model of the Bleriot XI Monoplane, 1924

This is a 1:16 scale model of a Bleriot XI monoplane. It was made by Harold P Wood in 1924 for Museum Victoria.


Engineer a jetliner

In this interactive, students work through the engineering decisions required for the wing and engines configuration best suited for four different requirements. Students select from different wing and engine designs that are each rated for build cost, fuel burn and wieght. The first three options focus on designing low-cost, ...


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.


The 'Southern Cross' reaches Sydney, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph of the 'Southern Cross' biplane arriving in Sydney and being greeted by reporters and photographers and a large contingent of police after the record-breaking flight of Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew across the Pacific. Signed portraits of the crew are superimposed upon the photograph, ...


'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 ...


Aircraft undercarriage from the 'Lady Southern Cross'

This is part of the starboard aircraft undercarriage from Charles Kingsford Smith's Lockheed Altair 'Lady Southern Cross'. There is a grey-painted metal assembly joining a wheel, complete with brake unit and tyre, to a shock absorber unit. The tyre is a Goodrich Silvertown brand. The wheel is painted silver. The undercarriage ...


Plane Truths

In this ABC article or podcast Dr Karl provides statistics about comparative safety of different modes of travel and then justifies why flying is so safe.


Digital Careers: Aeronautical engineer

Dr Lauren Burns has always been fascinated by airplanes. When she was younger she wanted to know how airplanes worked, what they were made of and how they could be made even safer. Lauren decided to become an aeronautical engineer. Today Lauren is a composites research engineer at Boeing Research and Technology in Melbourne.  ...


Digital Careers: Aeronautical engineer #2

Dr Lauren Burns started out wanting to be an astronaut and, though she changed her mind about that growing up, her desire to explore the aeronautical world didn't change. By Year 12 she had her private pilot's licence and soon after university she began working with Boeing. Learn about a typical day for Lauren and why she ...


Model flying machine, 1889

This is a handcrafted monoplane model made by made by Lawrence Hargrave (1850-1915) at Rushcutters Bay, New South Wales, in 1889. It is constructed of wood, string and paper. The fuselage is a single piece of timber. Attached to the fuselage are rectangular wings in a V formation made up of a wooden frame covered with brown ...


Airtourer Mark 1 aeroplane, 1959

This is a black-and-white photo and the prototype of a light touring aircraft, the Airtourer Mark 1, made in 1959 by the Ultra Light Aircraft Association of Australia to a design by H K Millicer. It is a two-seat single-engine cantilever low wing monoplane of wood and canvas construction with a perspex canopy. It was originally ...


Bleriot XI monoplane, 1914

This is a wood, canvas and metal monoplane designed by Louis Bleriot (1872-1936). It is a shoulder-wing, single-seat aircraft and features a body of simple box-girder construction with diagonal wire-bracing and a bamboo tail skid. The wings are also simple with centre kingposts above and below for the bracing and warp wires. ...


Apple II software game manual - 'A2-FS2 Flight Simulator II', 1983

This is the cover of a manual for an Apple II flight simulation game called 'A2-FS2 Flight Simulator II'. It shows a stylised seated figure hovering over a runway. In front of the figure is a suspended computer screen showing another runway and various instrument readings. In the background are snow-topped mountains. Text ...


How planes take off and fly

A modern jet aeroplane is big and heavy, so how does it fly? In this clip we explain how the wing shape helps a plane to take off and fly. Also see how a plane's jet engine works. Is it all a load of hot air?


Refuelling an aeroplane at Tullamarine Airport, 1971

This is a colour image of a tarmac crew refuelling a Boeing 747B aeroplane at the Qantas terminal, Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne. The fuel is being transferred from an Esso refuelling truck. At the same time, a large container bearing the Qantas logo of the time is about to be loaded into the hold of the plane, where two ...


Clouds, thunderstorms and climate change

Fly into a massive thunderstorm with pilots and scientists as they study how global warming could affect storms. Learn how changes in ice clouds due to climate change could provide clues to future weather patterns. See scientists capture data on the beginning of an unusual cyclone. This excerpt is from a documentary on ...


Family reunited at Essendon Airport, 1948

This is a black-and-white photograph of Marjorie, Bill and Suzanne Cruttenden being met by Dorcas Brown, Marjorie's mother, at Essendon Airport in December 1948. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.