On this day: Albert Berry’s parachute jump

Albert Berry successfully landed a parachute jump from an aeroplane on the 1st of March, 1912. The jump took place in Missouri, and Berry landed at Jefferson Barracks.

Albert Berry’s parachute jump in 1912 1st March

Landing the jump.

Though it was claimed this was the first successful jump of its kind, Grant Morton is said to have successfully executed a jump in California in 1911.

On this day: Qantas was Founded


Qantas’ second office, photographed in mid-1921. Source

Australia’s national airline, Qantas, was founded on the 16th of November, 1920 in Winton, Queensland. It was called Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited.

The airline is the third oldest in the world, after the Dutch airline, KLM and Colombian airline, Avianca.

Arrival at Longreach of the Armstrong Whitworth FK8, with the first bag of air mail, on the inaugural flight of the first Qantas air service from Charleville to Cloncurry.22nd November 1922.

Arrival at Longreach in 1922

Qantas began flying internationally in 1935, with flights from Darwin to Singapore, with connections to Imperial Airways for passengers to continue on to London.

On this day: the Duigan biplane in 1910

John R. Duigan at the controls of his first powered aircraft

On the 16th of July, 1910 John Robertson Duigan completed the first flight of the Duigan pusher biplane, the first aircraft designed and built in Australia.

Duigan pusher biplane

The first flight travelled only seven metres, but within two months they’d extended the journey to ninety metres.

Within a year, they were able to travel a kilometre at an altitude of thirty metres.

In 1970, brothers John and Reginald Duigan were honoured on a postage stamp issued by Australia Post

The brothers honoured on a 1970 postage stamp.

The Duigan brothers, John and Reginald built the aircraft almost entirely by themselves.