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.
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]