This unusual book, which contains maps and several photographs, tells the story of Qantas Empire Airways from September 1939 to June 1943.
|22 x 15 x 3 cm
|Nbr. de pages
|Etat du livre
|Un petit peu abîmé
|E. Bennett - Bremner
|ANGUS AND ROBERTSON LTD
This is the story of a Civil Air Transport organization at war, of the loyalty of purpose and teamwork of its staff, and of the individual efforts and achievements of its flying personnel. No attempt has been made to glorify the actions and reactions of these men or to manufacture from words any ill - fitting hero's halo. The personnel involved, whose names recur throughout this narrative, acted in the course of their duty, and made routine reports when the duty was done. From these epics of understatement, dull and prosaic for the most part, the narrative is largely compiled. The mere fact that the reports were filed, however, indicates that the job in hand was done. How well done, I leave the reader to assess.
From its earliest beginnings Q.A.N.T.A.S. Ltd was pledged to the service of the nation, and throughout its 23 years of aviation history that pledge has been uppermost in the policy of the Company and the newer Qantas Empire Airways. The men who conceived the original project had mostly served with distinction in the First World War, and although wearing no official uniform, the men who serve it today have carried out the early tradition and policy of service even though it has cost some of them their lives.
The determination of the founders of Qantas to prove that aviation was practical and safe during the days of peace proved its value in time of war and sustained the Company's personnel throughout the black days of 1941 and 1942.
E. BENNETT - BREMNER