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Harry Butler Pioneer Aviator postage paid envelope
This postage paid envelope features historic images of pioneer aviator Henry John (Harry) Butler.Read more
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This postage paid envelope features historic images of pioneer aviator Henry John (Harry) Butler.
2019 marks the centenary of the historic flight from Adelaide to Minlaton by pioneer aviator Henry John (Harry) Butler (1889–1924). Butler grew up at Koolywurtie, near Minlaton on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. After aviation training at Point Cook, Victoria, in 1915, he travelled to England and joined the Royal Flying Corps, becoming a flight instructor and fighter squadron pilot in France. After the war, Butler formed his own aviation company and on 6 August 1919 became the first aviator to fly across the Gulf St Vincent to Yorke Peninsula. His Bristol monoplane, the “Red Devil”, carried an 18-kilogram mailbag of postcards and letters for delivery in Minlaton. Four days later he returned to Adelaide with two bags of mail. These were the first airmail flights over water in the Southern Hemisphere. Minlaton’s famous son died in 1924 at the age of only 34, after sustaining severe injuries in a 1922 plane crash. Butler’s now-restored “Red Devil” monoplane is today displayed in a special hangar in the Captain Harry Butler AFC Memorial, Minlaton.
Cover photographs: State Library of South Australia, PRG 280/1/41/19 (cover); State Library of South Australia, PRG, 280/1/25/292 (stamp area)
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