VH-UOE Avro 616 Avian Mk. IVM
This was Charles Ulm's first aeroplane, seen
here in this image from the John Balfour collection.
Not only was Ulm Charles Kingsford
Smith's co-pilot and partner, but he was also the business
brain behind Smith's famous flights, and responsible, generally, for
their financing. He named this
Avian, a Mk IVM with the Genet Major engine, 'Southern Cross Pup'.
It had several owners
after Ulm sold it in 1931 and in 1936 was fitted with a Gipsy III
engine. It later went to Stephens
in Wau, New Guinea. Its CofA was suspended in 1941 and it was
the ground by a Japanese air attack on 21 January 1942. The
image below, from the Bruce
Robinson collection, shows it an an air
show at Lismore in 1931, carrying race number 7. The
full panoramic scene from which this cutting was taken can be found
under the entry for Keith
Genairco Moth VH-UNT.