Flying boats: Sydney’s golden age of aviation
VH-BRF coming in to land on the lagoon, Lord Howe Island. Dick Morris, 1974. Colourisation by HHT. Photograph courtesy Margaret Holle. © Dick Morris
This was the beginning of an era when air travel was new, exciting and glamorous and a ticket cost more than the average annual wage. Passengers on the journey from Sydney to England enjoyed a leisurely ten day trip in first class comfort with over 30 exotic stopovers.
Flying boats played a vital role in World War II, and after the war they opened up the South Pacific and Lord Howe Island as popular holiday playgrounds for Australians. As a result Sydney operated the last major flying boat base in the world until 1974.
Featuring photographs, posters, film, models, flight crew uniforms, a recreated cabin, a flying boat engine and the fascinating personal stories of travellers, crew and the workers at the Rose Bay base, Flying boats celebrates the early days of transoceanic air travel and presents a definitive account of this extraordinary chapter in Sydney’s history.
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Museum of Sydney
Saturday 10 May, 2008 — Sunday 14 September, 2008