'Uiver' Memorial at Albury Airport-Australie

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Gepubliceerd op 29 jan. 2010
Visit the Albury Airport 'Uiver' Memorial at Albury Airport. Albury hit world news headlines when in 1934 a participant in the London to Melbourne Centenary Air Race became lost in severe thunder storms in the final leg of the journey. Towards midnight on October 23rd the Dutch Douglas airliner "Uiver" began circling seeking bearings. Corowa radio station 2CO broadcasted appeals to motorists to assemble at Albury Racecourse to light the fields with their headlights. The plane made a perfect landing in torrential rain on the 200 yard "runway". The next morning 300 spectators gathered to pull out the now bogged plane by ropes so that the plane could continue the race, jettisoning everything to lift off. The plane completed the race, winning handicap section and outright second place in the great air race. The performance of the DC2 in this race and the community’s efforts in saving it cemented a friendship with the Dutch people that saw the establishment of a permanent memorial

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