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13-December-2013
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A monument commemorates the 40th anniversary of 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.

Location

Address:North Boundary Road, Pedrina Park, Hamilton, 3300
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.726274
Long: 142.030294
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Actual Event STart Date:17-February-1936
Actual Event End Date:17-February-1976

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 17th February, 1976
Front Inscription

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.

Flight Details: 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
 

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