The above nice image is from the
John Hopton collection. The Avro
Ten (8 passengers plus two
in fact, the Fokker F.VIIB/3m
built under license by
the A.V. Roe
concern. 14 were
built in all, five of which
were purchased by Charles Kingsford Smith
(later Sir) and Charles Ulm
inaugurate their "
Australian National Airways" in
These aircraft were:
VH-UMF c/n 241 "Southern Cloud"
VH-UMG 230 "Southern
VH-UMH 229 "Southern
231 "Southern Moon"
388 "Southern Sun"
There was also another "true" Fokker
F.VIIa/3m registered to Australian National Airways Ltd at
the time, which was,
of course, probably the most famous historic Australian aircraft ever,
Kingsford Smith's VH-USU
Australian National Airways mentioned here, incidentally, was a
different company than the
to adopt that name in 1936. This ANA folded in mid-1931 following
the loss of the
seen above, "Southern Cloud" (VH-UMF)
which crashed in the Toolong Mountain range
on March 21, 1931,
flight from Sydney to Melbourne.
The photo below, from my own scrapbook,
shows Smithy (hand on hip) in front of -UMF with a
1928 Triumph Super Seven motor car. Kingsford Smith
dabbled, later, in the production of the
short-lived Southern Cross car, the brilliant adventurer having
designed the 65 bhp horizontally-
4-cylinder sv engine which went into these machines. (Less than a
dozen were built,