Airspeed AS6A Envoy
This shot of the former G-ACYJ was taken at Croydon before
its departure on its ill fated
Pacific route surveying flight. This aircraft had been purchased
personality (and hero) Charles Ulm. He intended to form a
new company named Great
Airways and named the Envoy "Stella Australis". Along with his
navigator/radio operator Leon Skilling departed Oakland
on 3 December 1934.
The flight seemed to go well
until they were approaching the Hawaiian
Islands, when they
lost and could not sight land. Radio signals indicated
they were ditching the aircraft
their fuel became exhausted, but no trace of them was ever found.
The above historic
image is from the A J Jackson
Collection at Brooklands Museum.
Below is a photo from the
Charles Ulm collection, via the National Library of Australia showing
-UXY departing Oakland
on the fateful flight. Below that is a close-up with Ulm and J.L.
Skilling being farewelled by
American officials at Oakland on 3 December 1934.
The aircraft's name is clearly visible.