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.
|Book cover finish
||Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
|Number of pages
||13 x 19 x 2 cm
||Paul Elek (Publishers) 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.
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 the Company to-day 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.