|Southern Cross SC-1 Prototype|
I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of Southern Cross windmills.
These iconic products were manufactured at the Toowoomba Foundry during its glory days. They’re everywhere, and were responsible to a large extent for the survival of the business during tough times.
You’re probably less familiar with the Southern Cross SC-1, which is in fact an aircraft.
I’m not talking about Smithy’s redoubtable Fokker Tri-Motor of Trans Pacific fame, but a much smaller and prettier aircraft manufactured in Toowoomba in 1961.
Back then, quite a few companies (including Victa of lawn mower fame) tested the waters around the manufacture of a locally made light aircraft. The only project that really got off the ground back then was the Victa Airtourer.
Here in sleepy old Toowoomba, however, someone had a crack.
Unfortunately it came to nothing – the Southern Cross board wimped it.
The only reminder is the prototype displayed at the Oakey Museum of Australian Army Flying. Given the appearance of the prototype, it’s a pity it didn’t proceed. Apparently it had great flying characteristics.
|Blurb at the display|
It’s a beautiful piece of kit, and can be seen at the museum.
Take a look at it if you’re in Toowoomba. Jellybeans in the Jungle's on sale there too, of course.