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P03702.001

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number P03702.001
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print other than silver gelatin
Photographer Unknown
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Fishermans Bend
Date made c 1949 - 1950

Description

Group portrait of three men standing in front of an Avro Lincoln, A73-2 'Nyhuan' also known as 'Pathfinder', a long range navigation trainer and survey aircraft. Identified from left to right: Mr Francis Hodgson, photographer; Mr Charlie Highett, tower controller; Mr Robert (Bob) Miles, test flight engineer. This aircraft was often flown by Wing Commander D R 'Gel' Cuming (not pictured), the head of the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) of the RAAF and the first pilot to fly a jet aircraft (a Gloster Meteor) in Australia. Mr Hodgson was a photographer with the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) later called the Government Aircraft Factory (GAF), Beaufort Division, manufacturing Beauforts and Beaufighters during the Second World War.