Centenary of Powered Flight


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"Smithy" of Tiger Moth Joy Flights cuts the throttle after a hop of 120 feet.
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The Queensland Air Museum celebrated 100 years of controlled, powered flight in a re-enactment ceremony at Caloundra Aerodrome on Wednesday 17th December 2003. At 10.35am, Tiger Moth VH-PLF, operated by Tiger Moth Joy Flights of Caloundra, re-enacted the Wright Brothers first successful flight. Some observers were surprised to hear the pilot cut the throttle so soon after take-off, but this marked the completion of 120 feet, the same distance covered by the Wright Brothers 100 years ago. To further highlight the historical significance of the day, the aircraft carried aloft several historical aviation artefacts from the QAM collection. After the Tiger Moth had landed, the LET-410 9L-LCE operated by Sunshine Coast Skydivers performed a flypast to demonstrate the advances in aircraft design.

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QAM's Marketing and Promotions Manager, James "Wilbur" Wing, accepts the QAM "time capsule" at the completion of the flight.
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See also the Victa Handover