Australia's Civil Empire Flying Boats and their Bases is the theme
for a special photographic exhibition to be opened at this year's Open
Day at the Airways Museum, Essendon Airport, on Saturday, November 18th.
The exhibition will draw principally on pre-War photos from collections
of the Civil Aviation Historical Society.
The CAHS photo collections include those of John G. Walker, one of the
original DCA Aeradio operators at the remote Karumba Flying Boat Base,
and of Ivan Hodder, a DCA Radio Inspector who helped to establish the
Bases at Karumba, Groote Eylandt and Rose Bay (Sydney), among others.
Their photographs provide a valuable and unique insight into the difficulties
of establishing Bases to support the Empire Air Mail Route in the late
1930s, as well as the lives of the men who manned these remote Bases.
Not to be overlooked are the Empire Flying Boats themselves. From 1936
a total of 42 of the 'giant' Short S.23 Empire Flying Boats were constructed
for Imperial Airways and Qantas Empire Airways. Intended to operate the
vital air mail services from the United Kingdom to Africa and Australia,
and later New Zealand, these 'boats also offered luxurious accommodation
for a handful of passengers for the 9½ day journey to Australia.
the first Melbourne screening of the new documentary
From Sea to Sky: The Maginificent Story of the Flying Boats in Australia.
Sea to Sky covers the period from pilots in the open with leather
helmets, the flying boat Squadrons of WWII, and up to the end of an
era with the end of the Lord Howe Island flying boat service. Many significant
archive scenes are showcased, and very colourful insights are provided
by aircrews, groundcrews and passengers.
be three screenings of approximately 20 min, covering the lead up to
and operation of the Empire Flying Boat service. Copies of the complete
DVD will be available for sale on the day, or orders can be placed through
the Film Affaires
website - please mention you heard about it from the CAHS.