Images with a few words + details of various blog posts

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

East West Airlines Anson Crash - Pozieres, Queensland c. 1954

This photo shows an East-West Airlines Anson plane crashed at Pozieres, Queensland, c. 1954.

Growing up, I felt safe with EWA because people always seemed to survive any crashes!

In this case, the plane had to be abandoned.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

East West Airlines' first aircraft

This photo is from Brisbane, 1947, and shows East West Airlines Avro Anson passenger plane VH-BBI, East West Airlines first passenger plane.

The Avro began as a commercial aircraft but then became a major military aircraft.

A total of 11,020 Ansons were built by the end of production in 1952, making it the second-most-numerous (after the Vickers Wellington) British multi-engine aircraft of the war.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Port Macquarie - East West DC3 lands for the first time

This photo shows the first landing of an East West Airlines' DC3 at Port Macquarie on New England's Mid North Coast. Founded by Don Shand in 1947, the company had meant to fly east west between Moree and Grafton, but low traffic densities shifted the focus to north south between New England centres and Sydney.

Built in huge numbers during the Second World War, the DC3's ready availability made it the workhorse for many new airlines.

Friday, 25 April 2008

Sunderland Flying Boats, Grafton

This photo shows Sunderland Flying Boats on the Clarence River, Grafton, New England c 1948. Developed as a British military aircraft just before the Second World War, the Sunderlands went on to become a passenger craft. In Australia, they operated scheduled services from Sydney to Lord Howe Island until 1974.