RAAF Air Base Point Cook is the birthplace of military aviation in Australia. The first flight took off in 1914 when the newly formed Central Flying School had two officers, two biplanes and a Bristol Box-kite.
During World War I the Australian Flying Corps was established and many of its pilots saw active duty overseas. In 1921 the world’s second professional air force was created at Point Cook with the formation of the Royal Australian Air Force.
Training was centred here from the outbreak of World War II until the 1990s. The base also features in the development of civil aviation and Kingsford-Smith took the Southern Cross up over the waters of Port Philip at the start of his non-stop continental crossing.
Bausele is honoured to capture history in the sapphire crystal crown of the Aviator timepieces. Squadron Leader Kylie Long, the Point Cook Base Liasion Officer for the Air Force Centenary, collected this precious sand for us. Now it can be yours.