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98/14/1 Toy aircraft, representing Fokker trimotor 'Southern Cross' flown by Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm, wood/metal, unknown designer/manufacturer, Australia, 1928-1929, used by William Swinbourne. Click to enlarge.

Toy aircraft 'Southern Cross'

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Summary

Object No.

98/14/1

Object Statement

Toy aircraft, representing Fokker trimotor 'Southern Cross' flown by Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm, wood/metal, unknown designer/manufacturer, Australia, 1928-1929, used by William Swinbourne

Physical Description

High wing monoplane trimotor aircraft toy. Wooden construction with metal undercarriage and wooden wheels. Engine cylinders represented by nails. Toy painted grey with red, yellow and brown 'splashes' on the fuselage and upper surfaces of the wing. Forward fuselage and underside of wing painted white/cream. Propellers are painted red with black and orange cross hatching. Two stars or star-flowers are painted on the wing upper surface near the tips in white with blue and red detail. The words "Southern Cross" are painted on the fuselage sides in white. The outboard engine nacelles are in white/cream and the engines are painted red and black.

Marks

Painted along sides of aircraft "SOUTHERN CROSS"

Dimensions

Height

141 mm

Width

440 mm

Production

Notes

The design of the toy is based on the famous aircraft, "Southern Cross". The designer of the toy is unknown.

It is presumed that the designer and maker of the toy are one and the same person. The maker is unknown.

The "Southern Cross" aircraft became famous in Australia in 1928 when it traversed the Pacific Ocean, flown by Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm with the Americans, Lyons and Warner as navigator and radio operator respectively.

History

Notes

Presented to the donor on his fifth birthday in 1929 by his father. The donor was born on 14/1/1924.
Purchased by donor's father from an unknown source and given to the donor as a birthday present.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr William Swinbourne

Acquisition Date

5 February 1998

Cite this Object

Harvard

Toy aircraft 'Southern Cross' 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 4 March 2021, <https://ma.as/161240>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/161240 |title=Toy aircraft 'Southern Cross' |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=4 March 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display in Transport at the Museums Discovery Centre.