There are thousands of glorious planes and helicopters soaring through the bright blue skies above Australia every day, and Asia Pacific Aerospace are responsible for keeping many of them up in the air.
The 1930s saw a number of well-funded Australian aviation organisations scrabbling around for business. Aviation historian Keith Meggs checks out a hornet and a moth project that didn’t get off the ground for long.
Sydney-based Tugan Aircraft was one of the major operators during aviation’s halcyon years of the 1930s. As a tentative successor to the Codock, Smithy tinkered with the design to name and create the Gannet…before losing his life.