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Author
Martin, R. L.
Title
The Development of Aircraft Manufacturing in Australia
In
First International and Eighth Australian Engineering Heritage Conference 1996: Shaping Our Future; Proceedings
Imprint
Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 1996, pp. 185-192
ISBN/ISSN
0858256614
Url
https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=626272204172525;res=IELENG
Abstract

Original powered aircraft manufacturing began in Australia in 1910 when Harold Duigan built a copy of a Wright biplane. This was the first powered and controllable aircraft manufactured in Australia. In 1927 the De Havilland Aircraft Company of the UK., started a plant in Melbourne to manufacture the Moth biplane. The next major manufacturer was a wholly Australian private company, the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC), begun in 1936. After them came what was known as the Government Aircraft Factories (GAF), begun in 1939 at the behest of the British War Ministry. De Havillands have since acquired the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, and The Government Aircraft Factories evolved into the Government business enterprise Aerospace Technologies of Australia (ASTA), which has recently been sold [to] the American Rockwell Corporation.

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