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Pilot John Lindsay’s Dragon Rapide from the early 1930s. The plane will fly into Albury today.

Pilot John Lindsay’s Dragon Rapide from the early 1930s. The plane will fly into Albury today.

AVIATION buffs are set to descend on Albury today.

Pilots are travelling with postcards between Melbourne and Sydney to celebrate the first airmail delivery between the cities in 1914.

Organiser Tom Lockley said seven aircraft would help deliver 1785 postcards, with weather the only likely impediment.

“It’s 100 years since the first airmail was taken from Melbourne to Sydney by Maurice Guillaux,” he said.

“It was very rare for an aeroplane to make such a journey.

“It was claimed as the longest airmail journey anywhere in the world at the time.”

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Mr Lockley said four members of the Aviation Historical Society of Australia had spent 12 months organising the trip.

“It’s going to be magnificent,” he said.

“The only thing that can go wrong is the weather, but people are very understanding of that.”

The event has been brought forward several days from the anniversary to coincide with Bastille Day in honour of the French pilot.

Mr Lockley said there were no events planned for the Albury stop, but said people were welcome to view the planes.

The Albury landings are expected between 2.30pm and 4pm.

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