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Vickers Vimy relocation plan announced

11 May, 2019

Ahead of Australia’s 2019 federal election it was announced that a new state-of-the-art facility would be built for Sir Ross Smith’s Vickers Vimy aircraft at Adelaide Airport. Announcing a $2m funding commitment by the federal Morrison Government, SA Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham said it was a major win for South Australia’s cultural heritage and tourism, and would serve to educate generations to come of our state’s pioneering aviation history. The $2m commitment (confirmed??? by the federal Labor opposition) was matched by the South Australian Marshall Government and Adelaide Airport Ltd, taking the combined total for the rehousing project to $6m. “This funding will ensure the safe and careful transfer of the Vickers Vimy to a prime location at the new Adelaide airport terminal, where it will be displayed prominently in a purpose-built facility to be viewed and admired as a symbol of courage and ingenuity,” said Premier Steven Marshall, stating that the historic flight of the Vickers Vimy undoubtedly ranks in the highest echelons of human achievement. “All South Australians should be proud of this remarkable piece of aviation history, and the remarkable people behind it. Moving the plane will allow us to showcase this enduring symbol of our country’s contribution to the world’s aviation history in a prominent location that will be seen by millions of South Australians, tourists and business travellers.” The Vickers Vimy was relocated in 2022.

The Sunday Mail newspaper, 12 May 2019