First aeroplane in Marrabel

October 25, 2018 · in Aviation · 8 · 1.6K

In 1919 the first aeroplane landed somewhere in a paddock near the little town of Marrabel, South Australia. Found the photo today as I was sorting material at the local historical centre in Riverton. I get a distinct feeling of Sopwith...does anyone know for sure what make this contraption is? For some reason I assume it is a two seater as a single seater would have less appeal for transport or joy rides. Think I have read about this flight somewhere... Love the crowd, all in awe of the high technological machine that just landed in their town.

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  1. Not an expert, but this looks a bit like the Sopwith 11/2 Strutter which was produced in both 1 and 2 seat versions and was the first RFC a/c to be fitted with a synchronised Vickers MG firing through the prop arc. It was used in various roles - escort/bomber/recce etc. Looks unlikelt to be a Pup or a Camel.

  2. It wasn't "...on this day...", was it? 🙂

  3. What ever it is, It sure pleased the crowd.

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