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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203475
Last updated: 28 April 2019
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Date:24-JAN-1937
Time:day
Type:BA Eagle I
Owner/operator:Miss May Bradford
Registration: VH-USI
C/n / msn: 25
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sydney Airport, Mascot, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sydney Airport, Mascot, NSW
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Built by British Klemm Aeroplane Co Ltd at Hanworth Air Park, Feltham. On 14.6.34 Registered as G-ACTR (C of R 5117) to British Klemm Aeroplane Co Ltd at Hanworth Aerodrome, Hanworth, Middlesex. Registration G-ACTR cancelled 2.9.34 due to "change of ownership of aircraft". On 21.10.34 C of A issued.

Ordered by Australian agents Adastra Airways Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney in October 1934, and Shipped to Australia in December 1934. Assembled at Mascot by Adastra Airways on arrival. Registered on 14.12.34 as VH-USI to J. N. Laurie, Gloucester, NSW

Change of ownership on 14.9.36: Miss May Bradford, Mascot, NSW (Married name: Mrs F. Shepherd). May Bradford was the first female to gain an Australian "A"commercial pilot licence and was employed by New England Airways as a ground maintenance engineer

On 16.12.36, departed Brisbane as an entrant in the 3 day South Australian Centenary Air Race from Brisbane to Adelaide, pilot May Bradford. Race number 34, type listed as Klemm Eagle. Named "The Golden Eagle"

Written off 24.1.37 after a takeoff collision, destroyed by fire at Sydney Airport, Mascot, NSW. May Bradford with two passengers had just lifted off the ground on takeoff when the Eagle's undercarriage struck the left wing of Desoutter VH-UEE which was taxying for departure. Both aircraft were conducting joy rides. The Desoutter pilot George Hoskins had stopped when he saw the Eagle approaching.

After impact the Eagle struck the ground, overturned and burst into a fierce fire. All 3 on board died, including the pilot, May Bradford. The Desoutter was badly damaged but the occupants escaped injury.

Sources:

1. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/77-register-gb-g-ac
2. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ACTR.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A5.html
4. http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/ba-eagle/baeagle.html
5. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-USI.html


Revision history:

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28-Dec-2017 00:21 Dr. John Smith Added

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