Lady Dugan Christens new miles Hawk plane

Title:
Lady Dugan Christens new miles Hawk plane
NFSA ID:
404056
Year:
1935
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The new Miles M.2 Hawk VH-UAI plane was christened at the South Australian Aero Club held at Parafield on 18 June 1935 in conjunction with Empire Air Day festivities – an event celebrated by the British Empire annually in the late 1930s. Lady Dugan, the wife of the Irish-born Governor of South Australia (1934–39) Sir Winston Dugan, broke a bottle of champagne to officially christen the plane.

Lady Dugan, wearing a coat with an enormous fur neck in this clip, was known for her glamorous style. Governor Dugan is seen congratulating pilot Rex Anthoney on winning the Head of the Air race. Of great interest to the spectators is the VH-USQ Cierva C.30A Autogyro designed by Spanish inventor Don Juan de la Cierva.

The Miles M.2 Hawk VH-UAI crashed at Mt Ebor, South Australia in 1948.