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The Flying Kangaroo : Great Untold Stories of Qantas...The Heroic, the Hilarious and the Sometimes Just Plain Strange - Jim Eames

The Flying Kangaroo

Great Untold Stories of Qantas...The Heroic, the Hilarious and the Sometimes Just Plain Strange

By: Jim Eames

Paperback Published: 24th January 2018
ISBN: 9781760632397
Number Of Pages: 352

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Brings to full and rich life the extraordinary characters, events and challenges that have made Qantas an Australian icon.

From its earliest days, Qantas has attracted its fair share of unusual challenges and unique characters. These are the stories of a great airline and the people who made it, told by a man who has Qantas blood running through his veins. They are hilarious, nostalgic, heroic and sometimes even odd.

They are about the brilliant risk takers who made Qantas the safest airline in the world, the special demands of flying VIPs, the hazards of overseas postings, and the ever present dangers of the skies. But above all, these are the stories of how a uniquely Australian style shaped the best airline in the English- speaking world.

Generous and richly told, The Flying Kangaroo is a warm-hearted reminder why Qantas remains such an important part of the Australian psyche.

'Everyone who has even flown will enjoy The Flying Kangaroo. These are stories of passion and dedication, of risk and resilience, of excellence and Australian larrikinism, of inventiveness and determination. They reflect my pride for an airline that connected the world and became a national icon.' - Captain Richard Champion de Crespigny, Pilot In Command and author of QF32.

About the Author

Jim Eames is author of The Country Undertaker, Six Feet Under or Up in Smoke and Taking to the Skies. As one of Australia's first aviation writers, and former press secretary to the Minister for Aviation and former Director of Public Affairs for Qantas, he is a man who has lived and breathed aviation. He also tells a great yarn.

Foreword

Introduction

IT'S A CULTURE THING

1. We're off to polish the engines

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RIGHT CHOICE

2. The Pregnant Pup

3. The Nadi 'bump'

EVER-PRESENT DANGER

4. Taim Bilong Balus

5. 'Skippy Squadron'

6. Cyclone Tracy

SAFETY IS NO ACCIDENT

7. Training at the Bay of Pigs

8. 'Qantas never crashes'

9. Dangerous skies

10. Two minutes of terror over the Middle East

11. Battling the elements

AN AIRLINE FULL OF CHARACTERS

12. Life was never dull

13. Postings . . . not all milk and honey

14. Spies, bombs and bicycles

15. Penny pinching and clashing personalities

16. Flaws among the brilliance

UNUSUAL LOADS

17. Gum trees from wheel wells

18. Not your normal passenger service

19. Gough . . . and other 'royals'

20. The return of the Gallipoli veterans

21. How to smuggle a future princess

A CHALLENGING BUSINESS

22. Strikes and fuel . . . a lethal combination

23. When the wheels fell off the tricycle and other political problems

24. Red tails and blue tails . . . the story of a reverse takeover

25. Reflections

Acknowledgements

ISBN: 9781760632397
ISBN-10: 1760632392
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 24th January 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.33

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