A DAY AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AVIATION MUSEUM MOORABBIN

The story of Australian aviation goes back to people like Lawrence Hargrave, Ross and Keith Smith, Bert Hinkler, Charles Kingsford Smith, Nancy Bird-Walton, Hudson Fysh. Remarkable people who pioneered flight down under. They were larger than life characters – and so were the aircraft they […]

NOW HERE’S A PROJECT! BUILD AND FLY YOUR OWN AIRCRAFT

I built quite a few model aeroplanes as a kid. Mostly Airfix kits, and one made from scratch out of balsa wood that actually flew, powered by a small and very noisy engine. I’ll never forget the excitement, the sense of achievement I felt watching […]

RON ENTSCH AND BUSHIES CREW WITH A DC-3 CAIRNS 1970s

REMEMBERING OUR FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND AVIATION PIONEERS

Tourism has been the basis of the far north Queensland economy for so long it’s hard to imagine how we managed without it. These days, most of our visitors arrive by air. Our tourism industry owes its existence to aeroplanes and the people who pioneered […]

NEVILLE MITCHELL'S BROTHER FRANK AT THE MAS BOOKING OFFICE

CAN YOU HELP TELL THE STORY OF MITCHELL AERIAL SERVICES

In the years after World War Two, aviation became the life-blood of far north Queensland. Pilots and planes kept remote communities supplied, and helped deliver medical care. Air services could get through when the wet season closed roads. Life in those communities would have been […]

BUSH PILOTS AIRWAYS — AN FNQ AVIATION & TOURISM PIONEER

One of the casualties of the Cairns Airport re-development is the venerable aircraft that stood on a pylon outside the domestic terminal since the 1980s. That plane, a Douglas DC-3, had flown for Qantas in Papua New Guinea, and had carried King George VI around […]

A PERFECT DAY FOR FLYING FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND SKIES

This morning the conditions were perfect for one of my favourite things – flying. Specifically, flying in a small single-engine plane. The skies were clear, the wind a light north-easter. It was a rare thing in the wet season – a perfect morning for flying. […]