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The Memorial commemorates early powered flights. 

Wittber`s Hop refers to a hop which occurred during taxi tests by an engineer Mr C W Wittber.  The machine struck a tussock, lurched into the air and after about 15 metres, landed.  Whilst it was only a short distance and Wittber never claimed it as a flight, the machine landed without damage. Wittber was unwittingly the first person in South Australia to make a powered flight. The aircraft used was a Bleriot monoplane. The monument consists of a concrete slab with a mosaic/etching of the Bleroit aircraft.


Address:Victoria Drive & Port Wakefield Road, Parafield Gardens, 5107
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.774187
Long: 138.595464
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:13-March-1910
Actual Event End Date:13-March-1910


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 27th June, 1967
Front Inscription

Wittber’s Hop.

Here on March 13th 1910 a Bleriot Mono-Plane owned by F.H. Jones Carl W. (Bill) Wittber, during taxi-ing tests was unexpectedly airborne in a “hop” caused by a gust of wind. Four days later Fred C. Custance made the first flight in this aircraft in South Australia. On landing it was wrecked, the pilot escaping uninjured.

This memorial was erected by
The Corporation of the City of Salisbury
   unveiled on
27th June 1967
G.W. Wittber, Esq. J.P.”

Source: MA,NRUM
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