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The First Spark Of Qantas - McGuinness  
User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2721 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

Interesting 4 minute clip on the early history of Qantas and one of it's founders, McGuinness - WWI and beyond:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku-lGn4Gyks&feature=g-u-u


When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4636 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

Quoting OzGlobal (Thread starter):
Interesting 4 minute clip on the early history of Qantas and one of it's founders, McGuinness - WWI and beyond:

Nice video - and a great find   The history of Qantas is actually fascinating to go through really!



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2221 times:

If you ever get the chance to read the trilogy written by Hudson Fysh in the late 1960's, it's a very interesting story especially the early days and wartime memoirs. Originals can be quite expensive, but there are modern reprints that are a bit cheaper. I have a love of all things Qantas, and made the pilgrimage to the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach, a fascinating place. There was also a film called Air Australia (I think) which Qantas were showing inflight last year and it charts their history and early Australian aviation pioneers like Kingsford Smith Ulm etc and develops into a story that includes TAA and Ansett etc up to modern day, very interesting film but unfortunately I've never found a copy of it yet.

User currently offlinestrangr From Australia, joined Apr 2012, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2221 times:

fantastic video! It's amazing what you can find these days on the web. I wonder if there are more like this.

User currently offlineTN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 924 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2221 times:

Quoting n729pa (Reply 2):
There was also a film called Air Australia (I think) which Qantas were showing inflight last year and it charts their history and early Australian aviation pioneers like Kingsford Smith Ulm etc and develops into a story that includes TAA and Ansett etc up to modern day, very interesting film but unfortunately I've never found a copy of it yet.

I have PM'd you in reference to this film, it is a 3 part mini series produced by the ABC. I recently managed to obtain book 1 and 3 (I allready have book 2) of the trilogy, both originals, yes expensive, but to a collecter who has heaps of stuff on QANTAS, a must have.
Cheers, good to hear from another passionate QF person.



remember the t shirt "I own an airline"on the front - "qantas" on the back
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4636 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

Quoting n729pa (Reply 2):
I have a love of all things Qantas, and made the pilgrimage to the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach, a fascinating place

I really want to try to get out there on my next visit to Australia when I go home ot see the family. It looks awesome - and to go on a Boeing 707-138B will be lovely!

Quoting TN486 (Reply 4):
I have PM'd you in reference to this film, it is a 3 part mini series produced by the ABC.

Sounds good. I like it when airlines have programming about their history on their IFE. More should do it - but I imagine those programmes aren't that cheap to produce.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 5):
I really want to try to get out there on my next visit to Australia when I go home ot see the family.

I went last year, I was due to go to Japan and sadly with the tsunami and everything, I didn't feel it was an appropriate time to be a tourist in a country coming to terms with that. My Australian visa was still current, so......

THU PM I flew Qantas LHR-HKG (in the good old days!) then HKG-BNE arrived SAT AM.
MON I flew BNE-LRE -spent the PM in the museum and touring the aircraft
TUE LRE-BNE - the AM was spent in the museum again looking at the other items/planes
WED it was BNE-SYD-AYQ
FRI is was AYQ-ASP.
SUN it was ASP-PER-SIN-LHR arriving back early Monday AM.
...a 74E, A333x2, Q400x2, B763x1, B738x1, B717x2 and a A380 (my friends thought I was mad, but I enjoyed myself!)

What a week! I just had to fit Longreach in there, it's not the easiest of places to get to (1 QF flight from BNE a day or a 2 weekly train from BNE that takes 24 hours), but there is a motel literally across the road from the terminal. The 747 tour is quite something, wing walking a 747. I'd forgot how much the interiors of a plane have changed so compared to the B74E I had LHR-HKG. The 707 still has it's VIP interior which in a way was a shame, but beautifully restored. Hopefully when they build a canopy it will help protect them from the sun a bit, the DC3 was interesting too......rather hot inside! But a great place, filled the suitcase with stuff too. The funny thing was waiting in LRE airport for the Q400 replacement to come, when I spotted someone wearing a shirt from the town in the UK I come from. Got chatting and he used to live 2 miles from where I do, here we were in the middle of the Queensland outback, 600miles from the nearest major city, 10000 miles from home, very spooky.

Quoting TN486 (Reply 4):
it is a 3 part mini series produced by the ABC

When I was in Alice Springs, there is a Community area, some NT museums and a art gallery, but it's on the grounds of the old Alice Springs Airport and there's a Connellan Airways hangar there with some planes and odd bits in there. But the guy there said perhaps you'd like a look at the Kookaburra Memorial, I went in and there's an old plane wreck in there I and started reading the story and after a bit it became very familiar. It was of course the Keith Anderson and Bob Hitchcock story, where they'd gone in search of CKS and Charles Ulm who had famously got lost in the outback. The same story that was featured in the 3 part series about Qantas and the Australian pioneering aviators. It was amazing to listen to the story on the way down, and with out at first realising it coming face to face with the very same plane a few days later.

I love flying with Qantas and will always try and get as many flights with them as possible when I go down to Australia. My first trip was early last year, I regret it took me so long now, but it was for a friends wedding so that was the final push I needed. I got a bit emotional looking out at VH-OJQ at the departure gate, at last a flight on Qantas. 22 flights later and counting! Yes I'm very passionate about Qantas, and I'm saving my FF points to hopefully one day fly first class or at least Business with them.



User currently offlineTN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 924 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2086 times:

Quoting TN486 (Reply 4):
I have PM'd you in reference to this film

I have PM you with full details on how you can purchase "Air Australia" (I have ordered a copy also). I am happy to give details to any other A.Netter who may require this 3 x 55 minute episode DVD, just PM me please, cheers.

Quoting n729pa (Reply 6):
I got a bit emotional looking out at VH-OJQ at the departure gate, at last a flight on Qantas. 22 flights later and counting! Yes I'm very passionate about Qantas, and I'm saving my FF points to hopefully one day fly first class or at least Business with them.

You should have been with me at MEL when OQA finally touched base there after her sojourn in Singapore, a couple of us had some tissues on hand that day.



remember the t shirt "I own an airline"on the front - "qantas" on the back
User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

Quoting TN486 (Reply 7):
I have PM you with full details

Thanks for this, I've send you a reply back, not used the messaging system before so hopefully you got it OK. (I've ordered one from them, thanks very much, you're help is much appreciated - just in case!).

Does TAA or Ansett have a museum or anything anywhere in Australia? I couldn't find anything online.

I have OQA model on my desk at work, when I'm having a bad day it reminds me of my Australian adventures and hopefully the next one. It's funny how we become emotionally attached to planes. OJA follows me about whenever I'm in SIN or SYD, and I always say hello to Nancy Bird when I see her at LHR.

McMaster, McGuinness, Fysh were certainly some characters, and whilst Fysh was around to see the 747s, I wonder what they would make of today's Qantas and the A380. A bit different from the DH's they used to have in the early days. I'm sure they'd be pretty proud of their achievements all those years ago, and would be awestruck to see the Qantas name on the side of something like the A380 today.

Not too long to wait for the Qantas Centenary which will be interesting, I hope they're able to keep a QF 747 flying somehow as a preserved one, and what with JT's 707, a fly past of the 3 generations of jet transport, with the A380 too would be pretty impressive sight to see. Now there's a sight to bring a tear or two!


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