Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Houdini and the first flight in Australia

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1910 American escapologist and aviator, Harry Houdini, flew a heavier-than-air machine at Digger's Rest, near Melbourne, Australia. This was probably the first such flight on the continent.

However, if 110 metres be considered a flight, Colin Defries should get the honour. On December 9, 1909, Defries arguably flew a powered aircraft about 110 metres at Sydney's Victoria Park racecourse ...

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