FlashFlyGuy From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 439 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3303 times:
Great link there Grozzy. Also worth mentioning is that T.E.A.L (now Air New Zealand), used flying boats between Auckland and Sydney. I believe one is preserved in Auckland.
I'm definitely off to check out this exhibition for sure.
As a kid, I remember (only the once) seeing one of the Ansett Sandringhams coming in from Lord Howe Island, while we were going across the harbour on a ferry one afternoon. It was fantastic to watch it come down and see it swoop over the bridge, (the boat looked massive) with its engines droning away as it passed the ferry and landed onto Rose Bay. Always wanted to go on it myself.
For anyone interested -- here is the Qantas Empire Airways - June 1st, 1939 Timetable containing all the info on the flying boat service.
Nzrich From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 1487 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2986 times:
Quoting FlashFlyGuy (Reply 3): Great link there Grozzy. Also worth mentioning is that T.E.A.L (now Air New Zealand), used flying boats between Auckland and Sydney. I believe one is preserved in Auckland.
I'm definitely off to check out this exhibition for sure.
Yes and dont forget what was the route of the famous operated by TEAL !!! Between Auckland - Fiji - Samoa - Aitutaki (Cook Islands) and Tahiti ..
Yes there is a flying boat on permanent display at the MOTAT museum in Auckland ..
FlashFlyGuy From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 439 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2938 times:
Looking at the route map of the flying boat service to England you can plainly see how it got the name "Kangaroo Route". I also found the Important Information For Passengers page an interesting read - especially about cameras and binoculars back in those days.
Got anymore pre 1960s timetables you'd like to share?
No probs, glad you enjoyed.
For a massive collection of airline timetables, mostly just the covers -- but there are some that are fully copied and many pre 1960. The likes of Pan American World Airways, B.O.A.C., B.C.P.A. (forerunner of Qantas service across the Pacific), A.N.A - Ansett. etc...
Go here (I found it on a google search the other night and haven't been able to leave it alone since. );
Quoting SunriseValley (Reply 6): also WLG-SYD. When I lived in Wellington in the early 1950's one of the spots to frequent for airplane buffs was the road along the west side of Evans Bay to watch the flying boats land and takeoff.
Quoting Nzrich (Reply 7): Yes and dont forget what was the route of the famous operated by TEAL !!! Between Auckland - Fiji - Samoa - Aitutaki (Cook Islands) and Tahiti ..
Thanks to you pair as well. I thought I'd just throw the AKL-SYD run in (7.5 hours) and see if I could get more involvement in the thread about other flying boat routes. I was well aware of the island runs myself. In fact I remember sitting in the bar in the old section of Aggie Gray's Hotel in Apia about 25 years ago and the walls were decorated with a photo or two, of the TEAL flying boats, and a celebrity or two, in Apia back in the day.
Quoting Nzrich (Reply 7): Yes there is a flying boat on permanent display at the MOTAT museum in Auckland ..
And someone has been there and taken some photos and uploaded them to Flickr for us to enjoy - looks like a definite top of the list attraction for people like us.
Toptravel From Italy, joined Oct 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2824 times:
Thanks Flash Guy for the timetable.
I remember seeing those 'Airlines of NSW ' boats at Rose Bay, think about them everytime I'm at Catalina's. Oh how I wish I had taken a flight on one of those birds, at least I got to see them in service.
More of an 'Aircruise' in those days, who wonderful it must have been, no prop lag..
ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4521 posts, RR: 26 Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2763 times:
Not enough stuff on flying boats on this site, not enough at all!
Quoting Grozzy (Reply 2): Heres some more info about the flying boats at Rose Bay:
Excellent web site - cheers!
Quoting FlashFlyGuy (Reply 3): For anyone interested -- here is the Qantas Empire Airways - June 1st, 1939 Timetable containing all the info on the flying boat service.
That's awesome! You don't see "Thrice Weekly Flying Boat Service" on timetables anymore. Hell, you rarely see timetables for that matter... I'd love to recreate the flight someday, stopping at all those places! Qantas should recreate it as part of their 100th anniversary celebrations in 12 years time
Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 9): On the subject of Flying Boats - the Museum of Sydney is going to have an exhibition on it from May 10.
You're a star! I am back in Sydney then, so I am going to go to it! Here's the link -
"Featuring photographs, posters, film, models, flight crew uniforms, a recreated cabin, a flying boat engine and the fascinating personal stories of travellers, crew and the workers at the Rose Bay base, Flying boats celebrates the early days of transoceanic air travel and presents a definitive account of this extraordinary chapter in Sydney’s history."
Too cool Can't wait!!
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
FlashFlyGuy From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 439 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
I was just checking up on the exhibiton details at the Museum of Sydney and found this gem - any Sydneysiders or anyone that will be in Sydney on the 28th might like to go to this;
Quote: From sea to sky
As an exclusive event for the Flying Boats exhibition, documentary director Jeremy Linton-Mann and exhibition curator Matthew Holle will be guest speakers at the screening of Jeremy’s award-winning aviation documentary, From sea to sky. The program showcases archival footage of flying boats from the Australian War Memorial and Film World libraries, supported by insights from the people who played a part in the golden age of Australian aviation. This special night will end with refreshments, an opportunity to meet the speakers and view the exhibition.
Museum of Sydney on the site of first Government House | Wednesday 28 May | 6pm – 8pm | General $20 Conc/Members $15 | Includes light refreshments | Bookings essential T 02 8239 2211