The second of three reconditioned engines for a flying replica of the Southern Cross was unloaded at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) on Thursday and work begins on its installation on Friday.
Jim Thurstan said with the third and final engine due to arrive from Brisbane within weeks the Southern Cross II could be back in the air within months. Robert Grienert is the man behind rebuilding the three engines.
And a team of volunteers led by Mr Thurstan are working three days a week to get the replica of the famous aircraft Charles Kingsford Smith called 'The Old Bus' back in the air after almost 20 years. It will then start flying to communities around Australia to share the story of such an important piece of Australian aviation history with future generations.
The original Southern Cross started its record breaking first commercial trans Tasman flight from Australia to New Zealand from Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa in January, 1933.
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