Flying by the Seat of Their Pants

Flying by the Seat of Their Pants: Pioneering Aviation Across Bass Strait 1919 – 1939

The Furneaux Museum is working in collaboration the Tasmanian Aviation Historical Society (tahs) and King Island Museum to develop this exciting exhibition which celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the first flight of the Miss Flinders and other pioneering fights in the period leading up to WW1.

The early days of aviation across Bass Strait had a huge impact of the life of the Flinders Island community with mail and freight being delivered regularly and urgent medical evacuations made possible.The beginning of aviation was a very exciting but dangerous period and in the exhibition there are lots of great hero stories (and a few tragedies) told with photos and interesting artifacts.

The official opening of the exhibition is at the Furneaux Museum on the 14th of January 2023 with a fly-in event planned for late in February. The exhibition will continue on Flinders Island until Easter 2023 and then travel to King Island and on to Launceston.

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