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Double Miles Event at HAG


This year we begin a new series, Destination of the Month andAircraft of the Month. We encourage pilots to try out the highlighteddestination and aircraft. When you fly to a highlighted destinationairport during the specific month, using the aircraft of the month,you will earn double the flight hours!

For January we are featuring Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport and theBoeing 707 (all models). Sydney (YSSY) is unique in that it is one ofthe few major airports that does not have international in itsname. It started out as a grazing field in 1919 when Nigel Lovereturned from World War I and created the Mascot AircraftManufacturing Company. However, business was difficult and in fourshort years they closed their doors. The Commonwealth took overownership of their airport and Sydney Airport was born. In 1936 thename was changed to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, in honor of SirCharles Kingsford Smith, an early Australian aviation pioneer who haddied the previous year during a record-breaking attempt to fly fromEngland to Australia.

Dirt runway gave way to three gravel runways in 1933. The firstpaved runway didn't come along until 1959, for the jets. That runwayis now the longest runway in Australia at 14,300'. The first jumbojet, a PanAm 747, landed in Sydney in 1970. The airport is built usinga lot of reclaimed land in Botany Bay. For decades they have discussedhow best to expand the airport and finally in 1992 a major redesignand update took place. In 2001 Sydney was awarded World's BestAirport. This, despite being limited by a 11pm to 6am curfew and alimit of 80 aircraft movements per hour. Today, fifty airlines serveSydney.

The Historic Airline Group has 71 flights with Sydney as thedestination, including twelve 707 flights from Honolulu, Tokyo,Singapore, Aukland, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tahiti, Brisbane, Melbourneand Perth using Qantas, Malaysia-Singapore and Canadian-Pacific.


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