William Dean made the first Australian hot air balloon acent in Melbourne.
First Use of Parachute in Aus
April 14, 1879
Henri L'Estange used an emergency parachute after balloon burst in flight over Melbourne.
Invention of Aircraft Rotary Engine
Lawreence Hargrave invents rotary aircraft engine, with cylinder and propellers attacthed to each other.
First Heavier Than Air Flight in Aus
Dec 5, 1909
George A. Taylor makes the first heavier than air flight in Australia.
Aus First Military Aircraft
July 2, 1912
The Commonwealth Government's Defence Department orders two BE-2a and two Deperdussin aircraft for military use.
First Aus Air Mail Sent
July 16, 1914
Australia's first air mail was sent with 1,785 letters left Melbourne and arrived 2.5 days later in Sydney on July 18. (actual flying time was 9 hours and 15 minutes)
First Aus Transcontinental Flight
Nov 16, 1919
A BE.2c flown by Capt. H. Wrigley & Sgt. A. Murphy arrived, having departed from Point Cook on Nov. 16th.
First Single Engine Flight Leaves Eng to Aus
Aug 2, 1920
The first single-engined aircraft flight from England to Australia leaves Hounslow, England.
Edison and Sydney Airport Opened
Royal Australian Air Force Formed.
Aug 31, 1921
The Australian Air Force was created on March 31, 1921, and Williams became Wing Commander. It became the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on Aug. 31, 1921.
Brisbane Airport Acquired by Government
Brisbane Airport at Eagle Farm was acquired by Government.
The Flying Doctor Service Founded
May 15, 1928
On May 15, the Flying Doctor Service came into being; its first pilot was A. Affleck, piloting for Dr. K.H. Vincent Welsh in a DH.50A fitted for two stretchers, operating from Cloncurry, Qld.
First Aus Air Navigation Radio
In 1936 the first air navigation radio station was set up 1.6 km south of Mascot Airport, Sydney.
First Jet Engine Plane Flown
First Flight of an Australian DAP Beaufort Bomber
In August, the first flight of an Australian-built DAP Beaufort bomber took place.
First Test Flight in the CA-15
March 4, 1946
CAC test pilot J. Schofields made the first test flight in the CA-15 at Fishermen's Bend, Vic. It was the fastest piston engined fighter to fly in Australia, at 721 km/hr
First Jet Engine Aircraft Flown in Aus
In June, the first jet-engined aircraft in Australia, a RAAF Meteor F.4, was flown by S/Ldr. D.R. Cuming at RAAF Laverton.
First RAF Jet Fighters Arrived.
The first RAF D.H. Vampire jet fighters arrived for evaluation, prior to manufacture in Australia.
RAFF's First Helicopter Test Flown
Oct 3, 1947
A Sikorsky S.51, the RAAF's first helicopter, was test flown at Laverton, Vic.
First Australian Built Jet
June 29, 1949
The RAAF's first Australian-built jet, the DHA Vampire F.30, was flight tested at Bankstown, NSW. On Sept. 26 the first DHA Vampire was delivered to the RAAF.
First Aus Sonic Boom
Aug 11, 1953
The first sonic booms were heard in Australia when Scott broke the sound barrier by diving the Sabre on August 11 and 14.
Adelaide Airport Opened
Oct 14, 1955
TAA began a weekly DC-4 Melbourne-Alice Springs-Darwin service. This year also saw the opening of Adelaide Airport, at this stage handling only domestic flights.
Black Box Invented
The idea of a crash and fire protected device to record both the voices and the instrument readings in the cockpit - later known as a black box - originated with a Dr. David Warren, a young scientist at ARL.
QEA's First Boeing 707-138
July 1, 1959
July 29 QEA's first Boeing 707-138 jet flight was made on the Sydney-San Francisco route.
Mandatory Black Box
Australia made fitting them to aircraft mandatory in 1961, becoming the first country to do so.
First Supersonic Transport Plane
Russian pilots test-flew the world's first supersonic transport plane, the Tu-144.
First Jumbo Jet Entered Service
The first jumbo jet, the Boeing 747, entered airline service.
Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport Goes International
May 3, 1970
The International Terminal at Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney, was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth.
Affordable Aviation Safety Regulation
This was a decade of infamous jet air disasters around the globe (although not in Australia) that led to better understanding of the causal factors involved in such events. In Australia, 1988 saw establishment of a separate air safety regulator said to operate on economic principles and the operation of an independent air accident investigation bureau.
Cockpit Voice Recorders
May 9, 1984
The Minister for Aviation The Hon Kim Beazley MP introduced the Air Navigation Amendment Bill 1984, to give protection to aircraft crew-members from the use of cockpit voice recorders for purposes not related to safety
First Australian-built BAe Hawk
May 12, 2000
The first Australian-built BAe Hawk lead-in fighter flew at Williamtown on 12th May, 2000. 21 are being built in Australia, whilst 12 are under construction in England. It will fill the trainer role previously occupied by the ageing Macchi 326's (of which some air museums hope to acquire examples), and the Pilatus PC-9. At the end of 2000, roughly half the initial order had been delivered.
Length of Important Periods.
World War I
July 28, 1914 - November 11, 1918
World War I
World War II
September 3, 1939 - April 15, 1945
War delcared on Germany September 3rd 1939, Germany surrenders May 7th 1945 and finally Japan surrenders April 5th 1945.