Bourke Airport is an airport located four nautical miles north of Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. The airport was opened for access in 1943 as a base for World War II. The airport was used by the Royal Australian Air Force to bring in supplies during the floods in 1976 and 1990.
Nancy Bird was born near Port Macquarie, NSW in 1915. She was keen on flying from a very early age and after saving hard she took her first lesson with Charles Kingsford Smith, eventually earning her Commercial Licence at the age of nineteen. Nancy was the youngest woman in the Commonwealth at the time, to hold such a licence. Her first commerical job in aviation was flying for the Far West Children’s Health Scheme, based in Bourke. In 1935, with help from her dad and Aunt Annie, Nancy was able to buy her first place – a beautiful Gipsy Moth for just 400 pounds.