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  1. #1
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    Jan 2000
    Angels one-five over North Bucks.

    A replica of Clyde Cessna's first aircraft is...

    ...coming along nicely at the South Australia Air Museum in Adelaide.

    Images courtesy of Langdon Badger.


    "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney…"

  2. #2
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    Nov 2005
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Been thinking I should pop in and see what they were all doing. Looks good.

    75-Stay alive, 76-Radio tricks, 77-Going to Heaven.

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    Jul 2004
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Next to the Essendon Drome, Under South End, North/South Runway!
    great work, will it fly ?
    Cheer's all far and WIDE!! , Tally Ho from Phil in Oz!


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    May 2011
    South Australia
    This is not a flyer. The aircraft was gifted to the museum in 2015. It was built in 1965 from memory and displayed at the Parafield airshow and was fitted with a 3 cyl Anzani. This Anzani was procured from Hungary last year and is non operational. Due to where it is going to be displayed, engineering changes are being made and where necessary, parts replaced.

    SA Aviation Museum

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    Jan 2000
    Angels one-five over North Bucks.
    Here a shot I took in October 2016 and clearly some 'age' in some of the structure.


    "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney…"

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    South Australia
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    Image courtesy of Mike Milln- latest newsletter
    The B/W image came with the material we received on its construction, so would have to assume it was taken by a member of ROSS Aviation (ROSSAIR).
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    SA Aviation Museum

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    FOR A CESSNA Phillip Martin says:-
    Yes, that is right. If you want a Cessna for
    $200, all you have to do is follow these simple
    instructions. Of course we do not guarantee that it
    will fly, but you could mount it in your front yard.
    Staff of Ross Aviation Facilities, Parafield,
    have a mascot of which they can be justifiably proud.
    They have a full scale replica of Clyde V. Cessna’s
    first aircraft in their sales department. The replica,
    built in Ross Aviation’s workshops is the first to be
    built outside the U.S.A.
    For several months Ross Tilly, Ross
    Aviation’s Sales Manager, and his staff have been
    planning to build the replica. Only recently was the
    plan fulfilled. At a cost of a little under $200,
    excluding engine, four employees supervised by
    foreman Gordon Lewis built the aircraft in just eight
    working days.
    Hannan Bros., an Adelaide engineering firm,
    lent a 25 h.p. Anzani engine. This particular engine
    was originally installed in the first aircraft to fly in
    Australia – a Bleriot monoplane in 1910 near
    Adelaide. Because of the historical significance of
    this engine it is not possible to flight test the aircraft
    in which it is now installed. Cessna’s original
    aircraft was powered by a 40 h.p. Anzani but to the
    time of writing Ross Tilly has not been able to obtain
    The undercarriage wheels were manufactured
    from specifications by Super Elliott Cycles Ltd. also
    of Adelaide. Part of the main wheels are made from
    trotting gig parts.
    CC-1, as the replica was christened by Ross
    Aviation staff, is a faithful reproduction of the
    original airframe, apart from some minor
    modifications for improved flight safety. Some of the
    modifications were those made by Cessna on his later
    machines. The rudder has been slightly redesigned to
    make it more responsive. The surface area remains
    unchanged. To improve durability aluminium square
    tubing has replaced the original wooden framework.
    The wire fuselage braces were tightened by the
    conventional fencing method. As a farmer by
    profession, Clyde Cessna undoubtedly would have
    used a similar method.
    Flight control is maintained by means of
    flexible mainplanes and elevators. By flexing the
    control surfaces air is “spilt out”, increasing or
    decreasing lift as required. The rudder unit
    comprises the whole fin. A unique feature with early
    aircraft is the fully flying tailplane.
    CC-1’s older brother was first flown on
    August 11th 1911 at Enid, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Clyde
    Cessna had been so enthused with aviation’s
    potential that within four months of watching a
    Bleriot monoplane display he was ready to test his
    own aircraft. The Bleriot actually formed the basis
    of Cessna’s flying machine. It took him thirteen
    attempts to get airborne. The original aircraft,
    subjected in the years following its first flight, to
    many modifications, has disappeared. Only one
    other replica has been built and that is displayed at
    the Kansas offices of the Cessna Aircraft
    Length: 22 feet. Wing Span: 22 feet.
    Height 7 ft. 6”.
    Wing Area (approx.): 130 sq. ft.
    Power Plant: 25 h.p. Anzani
    Airscrew: Two bladed, wooden 5 feet diameter.
    Undercarriage: 18” diameter main wheels.
    20 x 1⅜”pneumatic tyres.
    Metal tail skid.
    Fuel: Petrol in two half gallon tanks.
    Australian Flying – February 1967

    SA Aviation Museum

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