Was Goya Henry the first to fly a plane under the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

January 18, 2012 at 11:50 am (Australian Aviation, Commentary, Goya Henry, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River, Small ships PNG, Wewak)

I strongly suspect that he was the first to fly under the Harbour Bridge – a truly remarkable man and a friend. I’ll never forget the times with him travelling on the MV Thetis to Manam and other islands, and the wonderful conversations we had about  pre-war Australian Aviation, Territory characters and others, Bill Tebb, a fellow small ship’s captain, classical literature, and matters medical – both our fathers were country GPs, the sinking of the Titanic, the law, and numerous other topics..

When he volunteered for the RAAF at the start of the war, a senior officer, previously trained to fly by Goya said to him: “they’ll never take you, Goya, first you’re not a Mason, not a Catholic, and you can fly a plane.”  The official reason why he was not accepted was that he’d lost a leg.

The remarkable thing about the old PNG was that you were given the opportunity to sometimes meet  people like Goya.

See: https://deberigny.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/recently-discovered-notes-and-cards-from-goya-henry/#comments


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