Celebrating 100 years first crossing by air over Bass Strait by Arthur Long

Wonderful time today celebrating the centenary of the first air crossing of Bass Strait by Arthur Long.
Joining us was Pirrie Shiel who has researched Arthur Long and the details of the flight and has written a book “Bridging the Strait” It was amazing to learn that there is so much more to the story and the little monument at Torquay. Pirrie told us only the bravest souls were prepared to experience for themselves the thrills and terrors of flight in 1919.
Also joining us were members of the Long Family including his son, David who shared stories of his father and some first hand memories.
It was a poignant moment when David stood to watch the biplane from Tiger Moth World Adventure Flights approach from over the ocean and do a sweep above us.
Great to have student from local schools on hand to hear all this and hopefully keep these stories alive in years to come.

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