Monday, November 8th, 2010
8 November 2010: A life sized replica of the Lady Southern Cross was unveiled today to mark the 75th anniversary of the disappearance of the plane and honour its pilots Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Tommy Pethybridge.

Using the original aircraft plans, filmmaker Damien Lay built the 14x8 metre Lockheed Martin Altair replica over a six-month period. Representatives from both the Kingsford Smith and Pethybridge families were present at the unveiling that took place at Anderson Park, Neutral Bay, where the original aircraft took its first flight in Sydney.

Lay said “Building the replica has been a labour of love for me. I’ve always been fascinated by the life of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, who was Australia’s greatest aviator. One day I hope to bring the wreckage of his plane home to Australia and am pleased we can commemorate this anniversary with the replica.”

In 2009, Lay announced that he knew the Myanmar location of the original Lady Southern Cross, which had previously eluded researchers but he is always keen to recognise the work of Jack Hodder and Ted Wixted, in helping him locate the aircraft. His quest to recover the wreckage still continues.

This morning Lay also made an exclusive announcement on plans for a second working replica of the plane, which will complete the flight from Myanmar to SydneyMelbourne. This is set to be a poignant journey for the lost pilot’s son who will pilot the replica plane in his father’s honour next November.

Kingsford Smith and co-pilot Tommy Pethybridge disappeared over the Andaman Sea in the early hours of 8 November 1935. They were flying the Lady Southern Cross from Allahabad, India, to Singapore, as part of their attempt to break the England-Australia speed record.

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