Fokker F.VII Trimotor “Flying Cross” Model

 Built by the Fokker Company, Netherlands, the Trimotor was 49 feet long, a wingspan of 63 feet, and weighed 6,800 pounds empty. Altogether 42 of these aircraft were manufactured at a cost of about $40,000 each. The Trimotors top speed was about 118 MPH. Because of its long range capability, many aviators of the late 1920’s used the Trimotor on their transoceanic, transcontinental, and polar flights. The Southern Cross was famous in the grouping and was flown by Hubert Wilkins and later by Charles


The final leg of the flight was to Brisbane, covering an additional 1,795 miles and taking 21 hours and 35 minutes. When they landed at Eagle Farm Airport in Brisbane, at 10:50 am on June 9, 1928, there were 25,000 people waiting to see their arrival. Kingsford-Smith became Australia’s greatest aviation hero because of this flight. The Southern Cross later practically flew around the world and now resides on display in the Kingsford-Smith Memorial at Brisbane Airport, Melbourne, Australia.The aircraft was later damaged during three test flights at Fairbanks, but was repaired and ended up in the possession of Charles Kingsford-Smith, an Australian aviator. He took off from Oakland Field, California on May 31, 1928, and flew to Wheeler Field, Hawaii a distance of 2,408 miles. The second leg of the flight was to Suva, Fiji, 3,144 miles, landing at Albert Park. It was the very first airplane to ever land at Fiji. This was the longest leg of the flight and took 34 hours and 33 minutes.Kingford-Smith. In early 1926, Wilkins flew from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Point Barrow and back, a flight which required flying over the 11,000 foot Endicott Mountain Range. It carried 700 gallons of fuel and 45 gallons of oil.