Sydney’s Airport Recognises Aviation Pioneers as part of Centenary Celebrations

John Love, son of aviation pioneer Nigel Love at the Sydney Airport unveiling ceremony. (Sydney Airport)

Sydney Airport has renamed its two corporate buildings to honour Australian aviation pioneers Nigel Love and Charles Ulm.

In 1919, Nigel Love chose a bullock paddock in Mascot to launch his aviation ambitions, the location where Sydney Airport still stands 100 years later. Love piloted the first commercial flight in Sydney that same year, heralding the start of a new era in aviation.

Nigel Love and passenger, circa 1920. (Image courtesy of John Love).

Charles Ulm is one of Australia’s most visionary aviation trailblazers. Ulm flew the record-breaking circumnavigation of Australia in 1927 and was part of a four-man crew on the ‘Southern Cross’, the world’s first trans-Pacific flight from the United States in 1928.

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said the airport’s centenary was an incredible milestone.

“We’re proud to celebrate 100 years of being a part of the fabric of this city,” he said.

“Renaming our headquarters pays tribute to the significant contribution both Nigel Love and Charles Ulm played in the history of both our airport and nation. They were among the first to foresee the incredible potential of global air travel.”

The gathering of aviation pioneer families at Sydney Airport for the building name unveiling. (Sydney Airport)

The airport shared an unveiling ceremony with the families of some of the most important aviation trailblazers in history. Descendants from Nigel Love, Charles UIm, Charles Kingsford Smith, Nancy-Bird Walton, Billy Marshall and Keith “Bill” Bradfield, all gathered together for the first time to honour their family legacies.