OF THE HALIFAX
The Biography of Captain G.N. Wikner Australian Pioneer Aviator
Complied by Norman Mitchell
The story of Geoff Wikner, an early bird aviator who designed a built light aircraft in Queensland in teh 1930s. Receiving no official recognition or support from the government, he migrated to England, where he succeed in establishing the Foster/Wikner Aircraft Co. The company produced a series of smart little aeroplanes called the Wicko prior to WW2.
Geoff flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary in Britain for the duration of WW2. He flew 67 different types of aircraft in 1,164 deliveries. He survived two almost fatal crashes.
The story culminates with the purchase of a Halifax bomber and with 21 paying crew and passengers flew from England to Australia in 1946. The Halifax landed on Australian soil on 11 June 1946.
The book contains over 150 B&W
unpublished early aviation photos
including some of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith who test flew the Wicko.
To order your copy of this
contact the author at:-
20 Nott St.,
"Australia @ War" WWII Research Products
© Peter Dunn 2015
This page first produced 6 October 2003
This page last updated 21 January 2020