After an accident two decades ago, the Southern Cross replica has finally been repaired and is soon to take to the skies.

Story John Dunn   Photo Howard Mitchell

The Southern Cross, perhaps Australia’s most extraordinary aircraft, is ready to fly again. A replica of the wooden monoplane that carried Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm, Harry Lyon and James Warner 11,670km during the Pacific Ocean’s first aviation crossing in 1928 has been repaired and made airworthy after an accident grounded it 20 years ago, and it’s set to make an appearance at an airshow or event before the end of the year.

This story excerpt is from Issue #145

Outback Magazine: October/November 2022