The Forgotten Giant of Australian Aviation

The Forgotten Giant of Australian Aviation

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Chronicles the amazing story of the Australian National Airlines' growth and eventual take-over by Ansett. This book tells the full story of ANA, the forgotten giant of Australian aviation. Told through the eyes of ANA's pilots, hostesses, engineers and other staff, there are many humorous and dramatic stories, including the pioneering Bass Strait flights of the early 1930s, submarine hunting in DC-3s in 1939-40, a unique courier service to Manila in 1945, some extraordinary migrant charters in the late 1940s, and evacuation flights ahead of the advancing Communists in 1949.

As well as describing ANA's key role in the development of safe and reliable intercapital routes, this book covers the airline's lesser known services including the 'Gulf run', the aerial ambulance out of Cairns, and the Riverina milk runs. Filling a major gap in Australian aviation history, this book will make fascinating reading for aviation enthusiasts, students of history and the general reader alike.

Includes some 100 photographs.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 180 x 250 x 25.91mm | 970g
  • VIC, Australia
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1864470178
  • 9781864470178
  • 453,906

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Review in italian magazine Mensile di Aeronautica, August 2002.
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About Peter Yule

Peter Yule is a Research Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has written widely on Australian economic, business and medical history, with his recent books including biographies of Sir Ian Potter and W.L. Baillieu, and histories of Carlton, the Collins Class submarine project and Australian National Airways. He is currently writing a biography of Air Marshal Sir James Rowland and contributing to a major new multi-volume history of Australia in the First World War.
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