On Monday 27th October, the Lilydale Squadron remembered the Airline disaster that occurred on Mt Dandenong in 1938 when the ANA DC2 ‘KYEMMA’, crashed, killing all occupants. It still remains the worst aviation accident in Victoria's history. The Squadron marched to the site led by a Piper.
A ceremony was held. As many of the victims were WW1 veterans, the last post was played by a Bugler, the Australian and Civil Aviation flags lowered. The Piper played hymns while the Cadets and onlookers reflected on the tragedy. The pipes sounded eerie in the mountain setting. The Cadets laid a wreath, read the names out and a bell rung for each one.
The aftermath of this crash lead to many changes in Australian air safety procedures.
Earlier in the day, the OC of the Squadron met with the State Premier Denis Napthine and briefed him on the Squadron and the airline disaster. He was most interested to learn about it.
At age 9 Jason Brand launched his first home made "space mission", a high altitude balloon along with his father Robert Brand, a long time space enthusiast. This was followed by a number of launches, including a recent flight that saw his "astronaut", a fluffy toy chicken travel to 33km in altitude before plumetting to earth at 400km/h and landing in a remote location in NSW.
Now at age 12, he is planning to break the sound barrier with an ambitious plan to release a radio control glider from a high altitude balloon over 40km above the earth. Dubbed Project Thunderstruck, he hopes that his 2.5m glider will reach 1800kph in a dive before leveling out and gliding to earth.
Jason is also a cadet of the Australian Air League at Riverwood Squadron in NSW and plans to fly solo on his 15th birthday. To learn more about Jason's project, visit the website at http://projectthunderstruck.org/
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