Empire Air Mail Scheme Exhibition 2018-19
Open Day 2018

Australia and the Empire Air Mail Scheme
is the theme of a photographic at the Airways Museum. The exhibition runs until November 2019.

The year 2018 is the 80th anniversary of the commencement of Australian participation in the far-sighted and ambitious Empire Air Mail Scheme. The Empire Air Mail Scheme was intended to improve communications throughout the British Empire using a fleet of large, ultra-modern, four-engine flying boats (aircraft with floating hulls). Although the Short S.23 Empire flying boats are primarily remembered today for their luxurious passenger accommodation, their principal job was carrying the mail at greatly reduced rates. Also required was a network of government-run Flying Boat Bases to support these aircraft.

You can also find some information on our website about aspects of the Scheme:

Letter flown on the inaugural EAMS service

Rose Bay Flying Boat Base

Karumba Flying Boat Base

Short S.23 'C Class' Empire flying boats

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EAMS exhibition





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