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Departure of the aeroplane Aotearoa, Richmond Aerodrome, Sydney, 10 January 1928

Reference Number: 1/2-051215-F

Three photographs from a page of the New Zealand Free Lance (25/1/1928) depicting the departure of the Ryan aeroplane `Aotearoa' from Sydney. Photographer(s?) unidentified.The caption underneath the photographs reads: `Aotearoa "hops off" on ill-fated trans-Tasman flight. "If we fail, the people of Australia and New Zealand will know that we did our best". These were the last words used by Lieutenant Moncrieff as he stepped into the monoplane at the Richmond Aerodrome, near Sydney, on the morning of January 10th. "We aren't going to fail, Scotty" said Captain Hood. and with a carefree laugh and handshakes they departed on the fateful journey. Above: After the take off. The crowd trying to trace the course of the 'plane through the darkness. Centre: Discussing the probabilities of sucess just before the takeoff. Below: Swinging the propeller after the pilots had taken their seats in the 'plane.

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1 image, related to Aotearoa (Aeroplane), Richmond and Ryan airplanes.

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Departure of the aeroplane Aotearoa, Richmond Aerodrome, Sydney, Reference Number 1/2-051215-F (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Vertical imageSingle negative

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures387. Aircraft. Monoplanes. Ryan. 1928(PFP-016344)

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