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96/282/1 Aircraft fuel line flexible hose from the 'Southern Cross', brass, maker unknown, United States of America, 1927-1935. Click to enlarge.

Part of aircraft hose from the 'Southern Cross'

Made
In 1928 the Australians Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm were the first to fly across the Pacific from America to Australia. Their plane the Southern Cross is probably best known for this historic flight but between 1928 and 1935 it also crossed the Tasman for the first time, broke the Australia to England record in 12 days 21 hours, and flew numerous times across Australia.

The Southern Cross was a Dutch Fokker fitted with three Wright Whirlwind engines. Smith and Ulm had bought the …

Summary

Object No.

96/282/1

Object Statement

Aircraft fuel line flexible hose from the 'Southern Cross', brass, maker unknown, United States of America, 1927-1935

Physical Description

Part of an aircraft fuel line flexible hose made of brass. The hose is elongated and cylindrical in shape with a metal woven body and screw component at one end. There is a loose hexagonal nut which moves between the mouth, body and fixed nut at the other end. The exterior of the hose is a dark golden-brown in colour and features some green corrosion, while the interior of the hose features some white corrosion.

Marks

There is a fine inscription on the outside of the fixed nut which has been stamped twice, one on top of the other. It reads, 'REG U S. / TITEFLEX / PAT OFF'.

Dimensions

Height

50 mm

Width

50 mm

Production

Notes

The Trans-Tasman flight of the "Southern Cross" took place on the 10th November, 1928.

History

Notes

This aircraft fuel line flexible hose was used in the "Southern Cross", but later replaced because of its faulty operation on the Trans-Tasman flight.

The donor of this object also states that this fuel line, "...is the one that P.G. Taylor (later Sir) went out onto the wing of the aircraft while crossing the Tasman Sea and transferred fuel from the engine".

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Thea Bowen, 1996

Acquisition Date

19 August 1996

Cite this Object

Harvard

Part of aircraft hose from the 'Southern Cross' 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 February 2023, <https://ma.as/152316>

Wikipedia

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