The First Australian Aero Engine -
On 13 March 1910, Carl (Bill) Wittber was conducting taxiing trials in a paddock at Bolivar in a Bleriot X1 monoplane imported by Adelaide businessman Fred Jones, when the aircraft rose about 5 feet and travelled for about 40 yards. This was the first aircraft flight in Australia.
The Bleriot, piloted by Fred Custance, crashed 4 days later. Wittber bought the wreck and was planning to use the Azani engine in a biplane he was building but it was not powerful enough. He built a 6 cylinder engine based on the Azani design. The engine was completed in 1915, but the government stepped in and banned any further civilian attempts at flying. This so disheartened Wittber that he burnt the timber frame and covering of his aircraft and sold the engine. In his retirement, however, he did seek out the remaining parts of his engine, and reconstructed it. You can see the engine at SAAM.
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