Published by Jim Dale · 8 March 2014 at 17:09Andrew Lang
Captain Andrew Lang
Born 25th of AUGUST 1888 at the family property Walla Walla near Corowa NSW Australia. His farther a Doctor W, H Lang a handy-caper for the VRChttp://vrc.net.au/ and was the nephew of the MYTH, RITUAL, AND RELIGION author Andrew Lang https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Lang. Schooled Melbourne Grammar, worked at the South Caufeild garage of C J Kellow, Victoria, raced cars for Kellows' with Harry Busteed. At one point he was the personal chauffeur of Dame Neile Melba.
Lang married Olive and lived in Park St South Yarra, Melbourne Joined the RFC in England by persuading a relative in the UK, returned to Australia in 1917 to start with the the 4th Australian Flying Corp as a Captain and sent to France. The 4th AFC was equipped with Sopwith aircraft mainly the Camel. His association with Harry Hawker, Lang was in contact from his time working at Kellows and his involvement in racing and his time with the RFC and AFC. In 1919 Captain Lang made an attempt on the Altitude record of 30,500 feet (9302.5 Meters) passing out and recovering just before reaching the ground. The aircraft he flew was a De Haviland with a Napier Lion Engine. Lang's involvement in Motor racing again and known as the "Napier Lion" the name he used in his motor articles in the Sydney Sun. On his returned after the war he not only became a columist but took up motor racing again. Captain Andrew Lang was killed in May 1923 in an accident survived by his wife and daughter.
AWM record http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R2018355/?query=Andrew+Lang&op=Search§ion=people§ion=articles§ion=books§ion=collections&submit=&filter[type]=Digitised+Collection
Roll title: Australian Flying Corps, No 4 Squadron, and 1 and 2 Reinforcements (January 1917)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 17 January 1917
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: RMS Omrah
Digital images of NAA: B2455, LANG ANDREW
It was true. D.H.9 C6078 was modified and strengthened to take the 430 hp napier "Lion"engine. With lt. Blowes as Observer, Capt. Andrew Lang climbed to 30500 Ft. in 66 minutes 15 seconds on 2 January 1919. This climb established anew world record.
The conversion of the D.H.9 to the Napier "Lion" engine had been completed in the beginning of October 1918. This resurrected the D.H.9 with failure of B.H.P. engine to perform reduced the D.H.9 to a less than adequate bomber.
Rest in Peace
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Creators of a New World's Altitude Record for Aeroplanes (30, 500 Ft.): Capt. Andrew Lang, R. A. F. (Left); and Lieutenant Bloweshttp://www.illustratedfirstworldwar.com/item/creators-of-a-new-worlds-altitude-record-for-aeroplanes-30-500-ft-iln0-1919-0111-0002-003/