Albury's 1934 connection to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines helped lay foundations for the air carrier's regular service to Australia.
KLM, the world's oldest airline still operating under its original name, celebrated its centenary on Monday, October 7.
Historian Noel Jackling said despite the Uiver's emergency landing in Albury, the KLM airliner's flight in the London to Melbourne Air Race successfully tested the feasibility of a passenger and mail service to Australia.
The 85th anniversary of the Uiver rescue, where Albury residents used car headlights to create a makeshift runway at the racecourse and then pulled the bogged aeroplane out of the mud, will be celebrated with a fundraising dinner on October 19.
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KLM director Albert Plesman devoted much of his career to achieving a passenger service in Australia, but this did not eventuate until December 11, 1951.
"Plesman must have been elated," Mr Jackling said.
The director wrote to then-Albury mayor Cleaver Bunton and organised for a commemorative plaque to be presented marking KLM's Border connection.
"He remembered the role played by Albury in ensuring the successful completion by the KLM Uiver of the London-Melbourne Air Race and of its taking the handicap prize in that event," Mr Jackling said.