Aeroplane Monthly 1987-03
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M.Oakey - A Thousand Skies
Two views of the Harvard painted to represent Lockheed Altair VH-USB Lady Southern Cross, in which Kingsford Smith disappeared in November 1935 during an England-Australia record attempt.
Smithy's "Altair", Lady Southern Cross.
Two more views of Southern Cross. For its “flying” sequences it had to be mounted on a special rig with the wheels about 4ft off the ground.
Two views of the Fokker F.VIIb-3m Southern Cross replica under construction.
Two views of the Melbourne Aircraft Maintenance Fokker F.VIIb-3m replica built for the television series A thousand skies.
The non-flying replica of Fokker F.VIIb-3m Southern Cross, built for the series by Melbourne Aircraft Maintenance.
The two Bristol Tourer replicas, built at a cost of A$250,000, airborne during filming. They had a range of only 130 miles, so regular refuelling stops were needed when travelling between locations. The Tourers clocked up more than 100hr flying during the 20-week filming schedule.
Straight out of the Twenties: a Bristol Tourer on location.