The Flying Kangaroo: Great Untold Stories of Qantas . . . the Heroic, the Hilarious and the Sometimes Just Plain Strange

By Jim Eames

From its earliest days, Qantas has captured the Australian public's mind's eye and attracted its justifiable share of precise characters. those are their tales, instructed through a guy who has Qantas working via his veins. they're packed with nostalgia for a corporation in its leading. they're hilarious, they're heroic, they're unusual. they're concerning the superb hazard takers who made Qantas the most secure airline on the planet. they're in regards to the craziness of flying VIPs, and the unusual pecadillos of chairmen and CEOs. There are tales approximately harmful skies, the danger of in another country postings, and the spats among flight and cabin crews. it is a warm-hearted examine the Qantas Australia love, and a reminder that regardless of its contemporary historical past, Qantas is still greatly part of the Australian nationwide psyche.

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Picture: Qantas An plane inside favourite to an individual who flew within the Qantas DC-3s in Papua New Guinea within the fifties. The ex-wartime DC-3s boasted what have been often called ‘hard arse’ seats alongside the interior of the fuselage. be aware additionally the shortcoming of inside cabin lining. picture: starting place unknown The switched over Lancastrian grew to become often called ‘Yates’ Pregnant puppy’ after Qantas engineer Ron Yates. He designed the unique bomb bay hinged faring to permit the plane to hold spare engines up the Kangaroo path to substitute the common engine mess ups skilled by way of Lockheed Constellations within the past due Forties.

It sounds as if the prince used to be blocking off his view. There’s no doubt the devoted Constellation or Boeing 707, configured with a different bed room, front room and different deepest amenities, inspired a calm surroundings, quite for the duke, himself a pilot, who usually spent a large number of time at the flight deck with the workforce. Qantas captains who had served in England in the course of the conflict came across they'd a lot to speak about even though occasionally they acquired a bit greater than they bargained for. Former Captain John Fulton tells of flying the duke again to Karachi after he had opened the Commonwealth video games in Perth in 1962.

Au ISBN 978 1 76011 355 1 eISBN 978 1 92526 847 eight conceal layout: layout by means of Committee hide photograph: Qantas background assortment CONTENTS Foreword creation IT’S A tradition factor 1. We’re off to shine the engines the significance OF definitely the right selection 2. The Pregnant doggy three. The Nadi ‘bump’ EVER-PRESENT risk four. Taim Bilong Balus five. ‘Skippy Squadron’ 6. Cyclone Tracy protection is not any twist of fate 7. education on the Bay of Pigs eight. ‘Qantas by no means crashes’ nine. risky skies 10. mins of terror over the center East eleven.

A lot of the switch to a less-formal surroundings could be pinpointed to the years instantly after the top of the warfare in 1945 as former wartime pilots joined the ranks, males who had confronted dying each evening for months within the air over Europe or flew opposed to the japanese within the South-West Pacific. whereas a number of carried their realization of rank into civil aviation, nonetheless others knew the best way to allow their hair down out of operating hours or spear pomposity with a pointy retort, even though usually it relied on the place they have been flying on the time.

Taim Bilong Balus five. ‘Skippy Squadron’ 6. Cyclone Tracy security isn't any coincidence 7. education on the Bay of Pigs eight. ‘Qantas by no means crashes’ nine. harmful skies 10. mins of terror over the center East eleven. struggling with the weather AN AIRLINE jam-packed with CHARACTERS 12. lifestyles was once by no means uninteresting thirteen. Postings … now not all milk and honey 14. Spies, bombs and bicycles 15. Penny pinching and clashing personalities sixteen. Flaws one of the brilliance strange rather a lot 17. Gum timber from wheel wells 18. now not your common passenger provider 19.

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