What was he like? Wasn't Reckie one of the first horses to be flown?? ( might be wrong) .
Flown ? You mean in an aeroplane ? No, you are off by decades... but how many I am not quite sure.
Carbine was one of the first horses to be railroaded between the capitals in 1890 but who was the first horse to be flown between the capitals for a race ?
Darn good question.
Here are a couple of early press reports....
"AIR TRANSPORT FOR RACEHORSES.
A recent letter from the Sales Manager of the Bristol
Aeroplane Co. Ltd., England, accompanied by the photographs
which we illustrate, show how the crack Australian
racehorse Attley was carried from Melbourne to Brisbane to
compete m the £10,000 Doomben Stakes, in one of the
Company's freighter aircraft entitled the "Merchant Venturer,"
which was engaged in a demonstration tour.
It appears that the long road and rail journey would have interrupted
the champion's training schedule, and therefore
the seven-hour aeroplane flight was substituted.
Although the transport of racehorses by air is not new, previously
there have been many difficulties, particularly the provision
of loading and unloading facilities at terminal points. This
has now been overcome by the new loading ramp developed
by Bristol, which, weighing only 250 lb., can be carried
in the plane."
- Construction magazine 21/1/1948
RACING IN NEW GUINEA WILDS
HORSES CARRIED BY AEROPLANE.
Aeroplanes are now being, used to
take racehorses from the coast of New
Guinea inland to Morobe goldfields, so
that regular race meetings may be hold
News from the mandated territory by,
the Montoro stated that in addition to
racehorses these planes carried heavy
machinery for milking cows, motor
cars, pianos and other heavy freight to
the otherwise inaccessible gold diggings.
At the last race meeting on the Morobe goldfields,
which are in the heart of some of the wildest country in the
world, there were 15 horses, and all but
one were carried by 'plane.
- widely reported, 1/6/1934 Singleton Argus