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Taking to the Skies: Great Australian Flying Stories
by Jim Eames
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From the ridiculous to the downright dangerous, the story of Australian aviation is full of tales of adventure and nation building. It is also a story about tragedy and eccentric characters with wild larrikin spirits. Jim Eames has lived flying and aviation just about all his life and brings together in this surprising, fascinating and sometimes very funny collection of some of the great forgotten and untold tales of Australian aviation. There is the story of the Catalina flying boats that were Australia's only aviation link to the UK during World War II and that of the long forgotten hijacking of a Fokker Friendship to Alice Springs in the 1970s. We're told about test driving a Jumbo, and the audacious stunt by a civil aviation director who once taxied a plane down Perth's main street to attend a ball. The stories Jim tells are entertaining, nostalgic and very readable. They will certainly make you want to take to the skies...
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