Nancy Bird Walton International Airport. The biggest airport project that Australia has seen this century and the answer to congestion woes at Kingsford Smith, it’s massive! However, the airport isn’t exactly an “airport” yet and it’s very much still a “project”. The airport isn’t due to open until 2026 and the “runways” are currently just partially built dirt strips, a bit of an issue some could say. However, two men and their Piper made history this morning.
According to The Daily Telegraph one instructor and one student pilot took off from Bankstown Airport but were experiencing pretty bad engine trouble, they were in the vicinity of Badgerys Creek (where the under-construction airport is located) and simply had to put the single-engine aircraft down. A successful landing was made on the dirt strip and no one was harmed, an investigation is underway however luckily no damage to the aircraft was reported either. The first aircraft meant to land at the new airport was a 787, 6 years from today however just as luck would have it, a Piper Cherokee stole it’s crown.
The first aircraft to land at the new airport image credit