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A monument commemorates the first commercial flight by Ansett Airways in February 1936.
Following the purchase of a Fokker Universal monoplane for the sum of 1000 Pounds, Reg Ansett’s fledgling Airline commenced operations in February 1936, when his Fokker aircraft took of from Hamilton for its inaugural flight to Melbourne, carrying a full complement of 6 passengers plus the General Manager Mr Reg Ansett, together with the pilot of the inaugural service Captain Vern Cerche.
|Address:||North Boundary Road, Pedrina Park, Hamilton, 3300|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.726274|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||17-February-1936|
|Actual Event End Date:||17-February-1936|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 17th February, 1976|
This plaque commemorates the first flight of Ansett Airways Pty. Ltd. when a six-passenger Fokker Universal aircraft , VH-UTO, took off from this site and flew to Melbourne on February 17, 1936.
Cruising Altitude 3000 feet,
Cruising speed: 80 miles per hour.
Pilot: Capt. V. Cerche.
Passengers: R.M. Ansett, K.M. Wilson, Miss E.T. Lascelles, Mrs W.R. Pearson, H.E. Heine, K.E. Barr, J.R. Simpson.
Unveiled by the Mayor of the City of Hamilton Cr. B. G. F. Woodward, J.P. on Tuesday, February 17, 1976 to commemorate the 40th Birthday of Ansett Airlines of Australia