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50 years ago today Australia’s domestic jet age began

50 years ago today Australia’s domestic jet age began

The day a toss of a coin decided which now vanished Australian domestic airline would go down in history as the first to fly a jet airliner into the country.

50 years on: Ansett-ANA Botany Bay crash revisited

50 years on: Ansett-ANA Botany Bay crash revisited

It is almost 50 years to the day when on the evening of 30 November 1961 an Ansett-ANA  Vickers Viscount 700 series turbo-prop dived out of control into Botany Bay, killing the two pilots, two flight attendants and 11 passengers on board. This was a shocking accident at many levels, yet it led to overdue […]

The flights of 50 years ago

The flights of 50 years ago

Sometime in 1955 the original Boeing 707 ‘precursor’ the Dash-80, flew over Clovelly Primary School. We didn’t know it was coming. Something I had seen in Popular Mechanics or Life magazine materialised over the ‘queue’ for the tiny bottles of milk that were distributed at play time. A flying saucer couldn’t have caused more astonishment

The Airbus debut that made headlines for just over a day

The Airbus debut that made headlines for just over a day

Forty years ago today the agreement that launched the Airbus A300 was signed at the 1969 Paris Air Show. Coming during massive focus on the approaching Apollo 11 moon mission, and one year after France and West Germany were adjusting to the aftermath of the student riots the concept of a pan European aerospace entity […]

Lessons Learned at terrible cost

Lessons Learned at terrible cost

The US Federal Aviation Administration or FAA has put up a new resource on Lessons Learned from major crashes. So far there are 11 accidents on the website with plans to expand it to 40. With several of them outside the US already on the list it is possible that an Australian accident that changed […]