|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......
I flew Qantas LHR
(in the good old days!) then HKG
arrived SAT AM
I flew BNE
-LRE -spent the PM
in the museum and touring the aircraft
- the AM
was spent in the museum again looking at the other items/planes
WED it was BNE
FRI is was AYQ
SUN it was ASP
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
. 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.