Australian Built, twenty years ago : 20 h.p. biplane designed, built and flown in 1910 by Mr. John Robertson Duigan, of Terang, Vic. ...3 May, 1911 (published 31 January, 1930)


John Duigan designed and built the first Australian aircraft to fly, based on a Farman biplane and powered by a four cylinder engine. On 16 July 1910, Duigan made a 7m hop at Spring Plains estate near Mia Mia, Victoria. By 1911, he had flown 60 times, as far as 800m and at 20m altitude.