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  1. This in-depth book analyses 18 individual air crashes and provides a detailed and descriptive text for each incident. Specially commissioned illustrations and artwork by noted Australian aviation artist, Matthew Tesch, fill this dynamic collection. 77 maps and diagrams.
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    This book argues that 'airspace' – the transitional area between check-in desk and baggage carousel – must be regarded as a discrete destination on any map of our age. Not so much about planes as the human interaction with flying and travel, from the architecture of airports, to films, historical events, advertising, disasters etc.
  3. Ian, Just wondering if a category for "Aircraft" is a possibility. I have a number of books dedicated to one particular marque eg DC-3, Lancs, or a particular type eg Bushplanes, or era EAA 1932, or locality. These are usually devoid of personal stories but full of specifications, photos, lists etc.
  4. Ian, I had to set up most of the earlier books from scratch, because there was no, or little, response to the ISBN. I have a couple of good ones with no ISBN, so I will try a dummy 00000.. I am intending to return to them and give them a fuller description and rating. I am very busy at the moment, but the temptation to re-read is overwhelming! I was part way through Jack Flyer and had to get back to the other books. Technology has not been kind to me the last few months with my computer having BSoD constantly, then black screen and corrupted back-ups, exchanged under warranty, then d
  5. Pictorial history of the Flying Doctor, from John Flynn's initial concept to the service in the early 1990's. Remote locations, bases, accidents, planes, people, and personal stories. Coffee table size book.
  6. Copiously illustrated history of major Australian airline from its origins in Western Queensland in 1920 to its privatisation in 1995. Discusses topics such as the first international flights, the role of Qantas in WWII, and the introduction of jet aircraft. Author is a journalist and former war correspondent, who worked for Qantas from 1964-1969 and also has acted as a consultant for other airlines.
  7. The story of Jack Flyer, a young man who taught himself to fly the early ultralights in the 1980's and made the mistakes we are all familiar with. A gripping, candid tale in the form of a diary, set in rural Victoria, Australia.
  8. Biography of Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974), An aviation record breaker, idolised by Americans, his personal life was as challenging as his flying, from the kidnapping of his child, to his support for the Nazis during WWII, to his death from cancer.
  9. Foreword by Gaby Kennard. The autobiography of Nancy Bird who obtained her commercial pilot's licence at 19, barnstormed with other pilots, flew the Outback, travelled to Europe and American and founded the Australian Women Pilots' Association.
  10. From WWI pilot to founding Australia's first commercial airline, WA Airways, carrying mail and passengers, searching for Kingsford-Smith and Ulm, looking for Lasseter's Lost Reef to joining the RAAF in WWII.
  11. A collection of photos, maps and drawings of over 100 historic sites prepared and generally used by the air forces as the war moved north. The text and illustrations show where they were, what they became, when they were there and how long they remained there. Includes recollections by veterans and witnesses. Includes a list of runways and their location (latitude and longitude), magnetic bearing, length, width, slopes and surface. Provides a list of abbreviations, a bibliography, index, and fold-out maps.
  12. History and colour photographs of DC-3's in Australia.
  13. The Zero, Hurricane & P-38 The Mitsubishi Zero was Japan's most feared warplane, the Hawker Hurricane was the RAFÆs first monoplane fighter, and Lockheed's P-38 Lightning was credited with shooting down more Japanese aircraft than any other American warplane. Filled with detailed highlights of each aircraft's development plus a broad overview of its operational history. Legends of the Air 4. 32 color pgs.
  14. When she disappeared in 1937 over a shark-infested sea, Amelia Earhart had lived up to her wish - internationally famous, a daring and pioneering aviator, and ambassador extraordinary for the United States. Married to a man with a genius for publicity, her life was crowded, demanding and adventurous.
  15. This volume takes a controversial look at pilots who attempt to undermine aviation by ignoring the rules. It covers the dangers caused by the rogue aviator and offers a solution to the problem.
  16. Autobiography - WWI pilot, aircraft designer (including the Wackett Trainer) - the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation at Fishermen's Bend grew under Wackett's direction to reach a peak employment of 10,000 during the war.
  17. In this exciting and unusual travel book, Martin Buckley journeys through many places, from Benbecula to Rarotonga, from Sudan to New Zealand, from Corsica to Tucson, Arizona - but the country he explores is a romantic and dangerous place that seduces all who travel there - the sky. Three years ago, Martin Buckley gained a pilot's licence, and set off to 'hitch-hike' by plane around the world. His encounters with a range of sometimes eccentric and always obsessive pilots led to aid flights through war zones in a UN Cessna, aerobatics in a jet fighter, chasing goats across snowy mountains by helicopter and touching the edge of the stratosphere in a Learjet. The result is a wholly original travel book, free-spirited and often very funny, weaving a bird's-eye view of aviation's peculiar history into the narrative and offering intimate insights into the passion and perils of the pilot's seat.
  18. Growing up in suburban Perth in the 1920s, the two Durack girls were fascinated by tales of the pioneering past of their father and grandfather overlanding from Queensland in the 1880s and setting up four vast cattle stations in the remote north. A year spent together on the stations in their early twenties ignited in the sisters a lifelong love of the Kimberley, along with a growing unease about the situation of the Aboriginal people employed there. Through war, love affairs, children and eventual old age, the Duracks continued to write and paint – their closely intertwined creative lives always shaped by the enduring power of the Kimberley region. With unprecedented access to hundreds of private family letters, unpublished memoirs, diaries and family papers, Brenda Niall gets to the heart of a uniquely Australian story that spans the twentieth century. Mary Durack married Horrie Miller, WWI pilot and founder of MacRobertson Miller Airlines.
  19. The power and the glory of the D-Day landings as recounted by the men who fought their way ashore. A tale told by a master of prose this account is among the best you'll ever read of the greatest amphibious invasion ever. 12,000 aircraft, 7,000 vessels and three-quarters of a million men committed by both sides of the flight on D-Day.
  20. Peter FitzSimons brings to life the story of the battle of Le Hamel - the Allied triumph masterminded by Australian commander Sir John Monash, whose strategies became the blueprint for modern warfare The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph, and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. A largely Australian force, commanded by the brilliant Sir John Monash, fought what has been described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together as a coordinated force. Monash planned every detail meticulously, with nothing left to chance. Integrated use of tanks, planes, infantry, wireless (and even carrier pigeons!) was the basis, and it went on from there, down to the details: everyone used the same maps, with updated versions delivered by motorbike despatch riders to senior commanders, including Monash. Each infantry battalion was allocated to a tank group, and they advanced together. Supplies and ammunition were dropped as needed from planes. The losses were relatively few. In the words of Monash: 'A perfected modern battle plan is like nothing so much as a score for an orchestral composition, where the various arms and units are the instruments, and the tasks they perform are their respective musical phrases.' Monash planned for the battle to last for 90 minutes - in the end it went for 93. What happened in those minutes changed for the rest of the war the way the British fought battles, and the tactics and strategies used by the Allies. Peter FitzSimons brings this Allied triumph to life, and tells this magnificent story as it should be told.
  21. The secret and dangerous operations of Australia's Pacific War Catalina crews told for the first time.
  22. This book offers an intimate account of the Battle of Britain, related by young pilots in their most unguarded moments, talking with their chaplain. Guy Mayfield was the Station Chaplain at the Royal Air Force's Duxford base in the summer of 1940, and his diary is full of stories told by the pilots in his charge during that period of heroism and danger. Mayfield's notes on his conversations deliver unique insights into the mindset of these young men as they took to the skies night after night, risking death to defend their homes and countrymen. Rounded out with photographs of the men and a context-setting narrative by historian Carl Warner, the book gives us moving insights into the men who, through their commitment and sacrifice, ensured that Britain would survive its finest hour.
  23. A man whose life was filled with secrets, including two wives on two continents at the same time. Bert Hinkler lived a life of soaring highs and turbulent lows, a restless, adventure-filled existence as one of the Lords of Distance in the golden age of flight.
  24. Patrick Gordon 'Bill' Taylor was a pioneer of Australian aviation. As a fighter pilot during the First World War, he was awarded the Military Cross and discovered a life-long passion for flight and air navigation. Returning to Australia after the war, he became a close friend of Charles Kingsford Smith; they went on to form an incredible flying partnership, setting records around the globe. It was on a flight across the Tasman in Smithy's famous Southern Cross that Taylor earned the Empire's highest award for civilian bravery, the George Cross. With one engine out of action and another fast running out of oil, Taylor repeatedly climbed out of the cockpit to transfer oil to the stricken engine and keep the Southern Cross flying - all this while suspended over the sea in a howling slipstream. After the deaths of his friends Charles Ulm and Kingsford Smith in separate accidents, Taylor became Australia's greatest surviving aviator, pioneering vital new trans-oceanic air routes during the Second World War and receiving a knighthood in honour of his services to flight. The Man Who Saved Smithy is the enthralling account of his remarkable life and achievements.
  25. A treasure of stories about these adventurous men and their planes in an age of flight infinitely more exciting than the supersonic era.
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