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The Southern Cross Story 16 Nov 2021 23:53 #228270

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And one for Lang
Bob,
I do not know how I got over the hill without ever getting to the top.
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The Southern Cross Story 17 Nov 2021 00:37 #228272

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Once again Sorry those specs belong to the Boomerang.
Bob,
I do not know how I got over the hill without ever getting to the top.
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The Southern Cross Story 17 Nov 2021 04:35 #228274

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I have been to the Oakey museum some years ago and never noticed the plane
In my defense I never new about it either

Thanks for sharing

Paul
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The Southern Cross Story 17 Nov 2021 07:14 #228275

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The Southern Cross aircraft was high powered and very fast for its type but not able to compete with the American equivalents for cabin size and comfort/usefulness. They realized very quickly they could not make a commercially viable aircraft hand-built in a shed in Toowoomba selling against production lines building hundreds a year.

Here is a link to the Army Aviation Museum
aviationspottersonline.com/army-museum-o...iation-in-australia/



Thanks for the photos eerfree. I have not been to the Oakey Museum for many years. Any Porter photo always interests me. After they sold them off Jim Czerwinsky bought one and left it in Army colours. I did a bit of flying meat bombing for parachute clubs at Gatton and in the Hunter Valley. It was nice to fly them in shorts and headsets instead of helmet, boots and Nomex flying suits.
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The Southern Cross Story 17 Nov 2021 08:12 #228276

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The comparison of flying gear reminds of the story of the fastest military aircraft of the time struggling to keep pace with Concorde while the pilots were in full pressure suits helmets etc while Concorde's passengers were in evening dress and tipping their champagne glasses to them.

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The Southern Cross Story 17 Nov 2021 09:09 #228277

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Lang I suppose that "Meat Bombing" is a naughty term for taking parachutists up and letting them jump out? or am I being my cynical best as usual.
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,

Now I find I can't do any work in this position!
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The Southern Cross Story 17 Nov 2021 09:10 #228278

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There's a Forum Member with the user name Rusty Engines Who runs a Register of all things Southern Cross..
Pretty sure He Got a Lot (If not all) of the Records from the Archive section of the Factory when It closed. He hasn't logged on here for a While so Don't even know If He's still about..
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The Southern Cross Story 17 Nov 2021 10:32 #228279

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Hayseed

I would love to see a list of everything they produced. Try as I might all I can find is spotty references to particular products and comments about "many other inventions and manufacture". Lots about the company history and management but little about what came out the door.

Morris

Yes, the pilot's term for parachute dropping. They are not interested in the aircraft other than as a means of transport so most planes have no lining or plywood false walls to stop them kicking the s..t out of the aircraft. I have nearly come to blows with dickheads who think it is funny to crawl out on the wing or even back onto the tail before letting go, putting dents all over the aluminium aircraft skin. I have jumped out 5 or 6 times myself but it really didn't do anything for me.

If you are interested these are some of the things you can do with a Porter.


This one I love as it shows the Porter in Beta prop mode (pitch not quite reverse but like a flat dish enabling it to go vertical and stabilise at 90 knots without going supersonic). I could chuck out 10 jumpers, put it in a vertical Beta approach , land and be off the ground with the next load before the first lot landed.
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The Southern Cross Story 17 Nov 2021 12:04 #228280

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Hayseed

I would love to see a list of everything they produced.


Lang , Get hold of some of their Old Catalogues. I've got a couple from the 70's. They're absolute Works of Art..
Tables & Graphs for every single Pump & Motor. Friction tables & Flow rates for every single size & style of Pipe. The detail & quality is amazing..
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The Southern Cross Story 17 Nov 2021 12:23 #228281

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Here is a good Southern Cross Facebook site.

www.facebook.com/groups/SouthernCrossEngines/

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