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of Belmont Common
"My dugout near Hill 60."
Charles and his mother in May 1920 before a flight in his DH.6 machine.
Avro 504 seen here barnstorming in 1921 prior to registration. Possibly at Warrnambool racecourse
Frank Pratt at right.
Percy Pratt at right supervising.
Vought seaplane from the USS OKLAHOMA. This battleship was one of those bombed and sunk by the Japanese with heavy loss of life at Pearl Harbour at the beginning of WW2. Image taken by Charles Pratt.
1928. The WW1 Bristol Fighter (Tourer) after assembly on the beach at Port Morseby. This machine was extensively flown by Charles who flew it across the Owen Stanley Range to Lae after flying it fully laden from the beach. It was then used to service the Bulolo goldfields.
1929 Baandee W.A. crash site after most of the wreckage of the Gipsy Moth had been removed showing the dead tree into which Charles Pratt and James Guthrie flew.
Napier earthquake visit 1931.
At the outbreak of WW2 Percy Pratt initiated the Australian Air League to educate youths who were interested in later joining the RAAF.
This was later taken over by the official Air Training Corps.
Seen here at Belmont Common in 1940.
Jack Bernard Inder, a nephew of the Pratt brothers, a keen flyer, seen here in New Zealand with his Turbulent machine.