Clyde Cornwall Fenton

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Clyde Cornwall Fenton was born in Warmamool, Victoria, Australia back in 1901. That’s about all the information I can find about him until 1925, when he graduated from Melbourne University with a MD. After graduation, he enrolled in the Royal Air Force in 1928, after earning his pilot’s license he was discharged returning to Australia.

In 1940, he was called back to the Royal Air Force based in Manbulloo airstrip near Katherine. His job started out delivering mail and food supplies to army and RAAF outposts. He died in 1982.

What you may not know about Clyde is that he was the Northern Territory’s first flying doctor, He often flew without the aid of any navigation equipment, air charts or landing strips. He started an aerial ambulance rescue service which grew into the Northern Territory Aerial Medical Service. During his career, he survived several plane crashes, making a flight to China in a small open aircraft, once he was stranded for five days after a forced landing.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray how the heck did he know where he was going without navigation equipment..... compass????

Dec 15, 2019 03:01 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Clyde provided whole new meaning to "false eveidence appearing real (FEAR)"! He created his own. Enjoy your day!

Dec 15, 2019 04:21 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

All you can say it had guts, flying without all the navigation aids it;s hard to believe he made it to all the places he was going too. I can't go around without my google maps.

Dec 15, 2019 04:27 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - and I feel pretty good when I can get from here to there without a car navigational system but flying an aircraft without such assistance means he truly knew where he needed to go.  Pretty amazing.  

Dec 15, 2019 05:05 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow!  My brother had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital after an accident he had, so I am definitely appreciative of this type of medical transportation for emergencies.

Dec 15, 2019 05:48 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - he was certainly very daring but had luck on his side.

Dec 15, 2019 06:10 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Wow....this is some story and one incredible guy.

Dec 15, 2019 06:52 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a good man he was, and loved that the was the first flying doctor.  We take so much for granted, navigation systems...A

Dec 15, 2019 07:32 AM #8
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon James,

Like a good farmer giving directions: turn right at the silo left when you pass the woods and Grandma's house will be straight ahead.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 15, 2019 10:14 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Well someone always has to be first, James. Clyde was certainly adventurous and an adventurer.

Dec 15, 2019 12:54 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now that is amazing. He had to have had keen vision and a good sense of directions!

Dec 15, 2019 02:51 PM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray

I agree with Kathy Streib - having the ability to know where you are flying without charts...amazing.

Dec 15, 2019 04:50 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I had no idea James, I must admit I have always enjoyed your historical trivia over the years, I wish that they would teach stuff like this in school, Endre

Dec 15, 2019 09:07 PM #15
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

What a dedicated man.  I also love the place names you find in Australia. We have a cousin who lives in Kangaroo Flats. :-)

Dec 16, 2019 03:01 AM #16
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

He sounds like a great humanitarian James Dray 

Dec 17, 2019 08:35 AM #17
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Clyde Fenton was quite a guy! Combining his love of flying with a desire to provide medical aid to those in need far from urban services led him to become a pioneer flying doctor.

Dec 17, 2019 01:37 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a pioneer Clyde Fenton was! Glad to hear he went on to do something with his medical degree!


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