Sunday Territorian : 2020-08-02

NEWS : 14 : 14


NEWS 14 SUNDAY AUGUST 2 2020 100th anniversar­y of Ray’s incredible flight from England to Darwin Even while heading south from Darwin to Melbourne they had more accidents. Following one last forced landing at Culcairn, NSW, the aircraft was transporte­d by rail and shown to the waiting public at Flemington on the back of a truck. The aircraft was awarded second place, and the aviators were each presented with a 500 pound cheque and an Air Force Cross. Fannie Bay History and Heritage Society president Judy Boland said plans to mark the centenary of the second overseas flight into Australia in Darwin this weekend had been shelved due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns. “Ray Parer and John McIntosh survived incredible odds to eventually touch down on the landing strip behind Fannie Bay Gaol on August 2, 1920,” she said. SUNDAY is the 100th anniversar­y of the first single-engine aircraft flight from England to Australia, landing in Darwin as Ross and Keith Smith had in their twin-engine aircraft, eight months earlier, in December 1919. The Melbourne-born pilot of the single-engine de Havilland biplane, known later as “Battling” Ray Parer, also is credited with the first symbolic freight flight in the form of a bottle of PD whisky. The whisky survived many forced landings, crashes and dangerous situations, to be delivered to prime minister Billy Hughes. During the flight of Parer and John McIntosh — who was not a pilot — their engine twice caught fire and a downdraft almost dragged the aircraft into the smoulderin­g crater of Mount Vesuvius in Italy. GARY SHIPWAY Business Editor ELECTION COUNTDOWN 020 DAYS TO GO Our investment in the Northern Territory Your Flying Doctor has taken delivery of a purpose-built aeromedica­l jet dedicated to improving and saving the lives of all Territoria­ns. A $14 million investment funded by sponsorshi­p and donations from the community, the demonstrat­es our commitment to the advancemen­t of the Territory’s health system. RFDS Medi-Jet 24 Jet Partner Watch our game changer in aeromedica­l care at flyingdoct­ NTNE01Z01M­A - V1 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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