First 5 Hour Flight in Australia

Coorabel Ridge (Mullumbimby, NSW) - 1937

            

From the website of the Byron Bay Gliding Club (www.byrongliding.com).

 

 Sixty years ago the Coorabel Ridge was the site of an historic record breaking flight, when intrepid aviator Ted Parr cracked the magic five- hour mark in his primary glider, Pegusus. 

 

Aboard as passenger was Gordon Coles of Coorabel, aged 12. 

     

  The flight was re-enacted by members of the club in three MotorFalke motor gliders. Pilots included Greg Keegan, Brian Marshall, Dr Giles Taylor, Genzan Kosaka and Ian McPhee.

  

 The flight was re-enacted by members of the club in three MotorFalke motor gliders. Pilots included Greg Keegan, Brian Marshall, Dr Giles Taylor, Genzan Kosaka and Ian McPhee.

  

The Mullumbimby Star, January 5th 1937

Club Captain Mr E. Parr went aloft in a dual seater glider with Gordon Coles of Coorabel as the passenger ... travelling 150 miles from a point-to-point range of nine miles taking in Montecollum, Coorabel ... and Hayter's Hill.

   

On the same day in 1937, Doug Henderson established an Australian solo endurance record of 3 hours and 15 minutes. He was forced to land due to cramp in his right arm. 

  

 Ted Parr's record was 5 hours and 1 minute.

  

 

 

   
   

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