Up in the air: Future unknown for aviation museum

THE future of a replica Sir Charles Kingsford Smith plane used in a 1985 television series now housed in Balranald is up in the air.

Balranald Southern Cross must raise $220,000 to purchase the building that is home to the Lady Southern Cross Replica and the Southern Cross plane replica.

The Southern Cross plane now in Balranald. Picture supplied.

The Southern Cross plane now in Balranald. Picture supplied.

The original Southern Cross was flown by Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith who made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia in 1928.

Five years later, and he was in Balranald and Swan Hill taking passengers on joy flights.

The Lockheed Altair Lady Southern Cross was the plane that Sir Kingsford Smith was flying when he disappeared off the Burmese coast in the Indian Ocean on November 8, 1935.

Other relics are housed within the building including the remains (mostly the steel work) of a wagon belonging to Burke and Wills.

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