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Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in perplexing circumstances just over one year ago now, on March 8th, 2014. Plenty has been published about that tragic anniversary already, but it brings to mind the equally shocking and mysterious disappearance of an Australian airliner many years before… An aviation mystery that would only be solved by the sheerest chance – and only after almost thirty years. .

Operating successfully

Kingsford-Smith Charles Kingsford-Smith (with an unidentified companion) outside the ANA hangar at Mascot, in 1933. Despite the smiles, ANA’s assets were in the process of being liquidated by this time.

March 21st, 1931 was a windy, overcast morning in Sydney, Australia, but not enough to worry the two pilots of VH-UMF Southern Cloud as they prepared for the daily flight to Melbourne, 450 miles south by southwest. After all, the big Avro 618 Ten was a British-built version of the incredibly robust Fokker Trimotor that Charles KIngsford-Smith…

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