Think universally. Act terrestrially.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
1910 Arguably the first Australian flight of a powered aircraft took place when mechanic Fred Custance (1889 - 1922) flew a Bleriot monoplane for five minutes and 25 seconds at Bolivar, South Australia. It ended in a "very rough landing". The flight was witnessed by FH Jones, the owner of the property, and several neighbours, but the claim has long been disputed.
The next day, March 18 [qv], 1910, American magician and escapologist, Harry Houdini, made a flight at Digger's Rest, near Melbourne. It is generally considered to qualify as the first controlled, powered flight in Australia, and certainly it was authenticated.