Aviation in Australia

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From the barnstorming pioneers to the airlines of today

The idea of flying like the birds in the sky was a fantasy until the men of science began unlocking the mysteries of the universe in the 15th century. Innovation was then needed but by the end of the first decade of the twentieth century men and machines were taking to the air successfully in Europe, America and Australia.
War had an enormous impact on aircraft development. Aircraft quickly became the deadliest of weapons and when the hostilities were over the pilots and machines formed the basis of a fledgling air transport industry.

The need to go faster and travel longer distances saw records set and broken. Attention to safety and passenger comfort allowed air travel to become a viable alternative to road and rail within Australia and sea travel internationally and put Australia in the forefront of the airline industry in the world.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 187 mm x 127 mm | 96 Pages |

Jill Blee is the author of novels and histories, including three titles in Exisle’s well-respected Little Red Books series. Jill Blee is a past chairperson of Ballarat Writers and a board member of the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute and the Victorian Writers’ Centre. Before returning to Victoria in 1999 she was actively involved for many years in the activities of the New South Wales Writing Centre and the New South Wales Ice Skating Association.

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