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Qantas and the Empire Flying Boat (ePub)

Aviation P&S History > By Century > 20th Century

By David Crotty
Imprint: Key Publishing
File Size: 4.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 160
ISBN: 9781802820942
Published: 1st July 2022


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Between 1938 and 1948, Qantas Short Empire flying boats navigated a dramatic and dangerous period for commercial aviation. They flew the Singapore–Sydney section of the prewar Imperial Airways UK–Australia air route, introducing a new level of luxury travel to the route. However, the outbreak of war cut short this brief glamorous time and brought the Qantas boats increasingly onto the front line. Containing over 160 stunning illustrations, many previously unpublished, this book details the history of the Empire flying boats as they went from luxurious carriers to military service in roles that included the resupply and evacuation of Allied military forces.

As Featured In

Aviation World Autumn 2022

A well-illustrated account of the Shorts C Class or Empire flying boats in Qantas service. Each of their dozen boats, their individual history and eventual fate is covered in some detail along with many excellent period photographs and posters.

Aeromodeller December 2022

About David Crotty

David Crotty has worked as a curator and author for 30 years, mostly in aviation, engineering and transport collections, including for the Australian War Memorial, RAAF Museum, Museum Victoria and, currently, with Qantas. He has previously authored the book A Flying Life: John Duigan and the First Australian Aeroplane (Museum Victoria, 2010). In addition, he has more recently authored UK articles published in Aeroplane (August 2019) and The Aviation Historian (Issue 13).

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