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First flights & commercial flights

Australia 1929 (June 2) The first flight for Perth left Adelaide in a DH 66 Hercules aircraft on Sunday 2 June 1929, but had to turn back due to bad weather. The mail eventually left Adelaide on Tuesday June 4. The route was via Ceduna to Forrest where there was an overnight stop. The mail was then flown to Kalgoorlie on June 5 where the mail was transferred to a DH 50 and flown to Perth, arriving later that day. The postal rate was 8½d made up of 1½d surface and 7d R. Australia issued its first airmail

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