Australian National Airways (1930)

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Australian National Airways
Founded 1929
Commenced operations January 1930
Ceased operations 1931
Fleet size See Aircraft below
Key people
For the 1936 to 1957 airline, see Australian National Airways.
Australian National Airways timetable from 1930

Australian National Airways was a short-lived Australian airline, founded in 1929 by Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm.[1]

The airline began operations in January 1930[2] with five Avro 618 Tens,[1] similar aircraft to Kingsford Smith's famous Southern Cross. However, the airline folded in 1931 after the crash of VH-UMF Southern Cloud in the Australian Alps between Sydney and Melbourne, and VH-UNA Southern Sun in Malaya.


VH-UMF Southern Cloud (crashed March 1931)
VH-UMG Southern Star
VH-UMH Southern Sky
VH-UMI Southern Moon
VH-UNA Southern Sun (crashed November 1931)

On the airline's dissolution, Southern Moon was bought by Ulm, refitted for long-distance flight and reregistered as VH-UXX Faith in Australia. The other two aircraft were sold to Keith Virtue's New England Airways.


  1. ^ a b "Southern Cloud clock". National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  2. ^ "Australian Dictionary of Biography". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Archived from the original on 30 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-13.