Sydney Airport Celebrates its Centenary

ON APRIL 18, 2011, Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith Airport celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first flight made from the site.  New Zealander Captain Joseph Joel Hammond took off from what was then the Ascot Racecourse in a Bristol Box-kite biplane on a journey that lasted less than ten minutes.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the anniversary, and where a plaque commemorating Captain Hammond’s achievement was unveiled, Russell Balding, CEO of Sydney Airport said: “Captain Hammond was obviously a man with an adventurous spirit, but I doubt he could have foreseen how Australia’s aviation industry would develop over the next 100 years. His biplane weighed about 1,100lb (500kg), attained a height of 130ft (40m) and travelled around 6 miles (10km), while today, an Airbus A380 taking off from Sydney weighs about 560 tonnes, cruises at 39,000ft (12,000m) and has a range of more than 9,300 miles (15,000km). The first passenger to fly from the site was Captain Hammond’s wife, Ethelwyn, while today, more the 35 million passengers use the facility each year.

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  1. Good luck to my home in aviation and favorite CHARLS-INGSFORD SMITH AIRPORT – SYDNEY
    Happy 100th anniversary to Kingsford – Smith Airport Sydney!
    Thruly yours,
    Rodney Marinkovic, Aircraft Mechanical Engineer (ret.)
    King City, Serbia

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