This post is dedicated to
“Flying Fysh” Hudson Fysh who joined the No 1 air squadron Australian Flying Corps in 1917 World War I campaign with air missions over Gallipoli and France. Also his new mate that flew with him was Paul McGinness as an observer / gunner. Finally, last but not least, this post is dedicated to Fergus McMaster a wealthy farmer, who provided capital to fund these WW1 aces to make their hopes and dreams and their vision of an outback air taxi service and the first air mail service in Australia to come true.
There was a meeting set up to take place in Brisbane in June 1920 of the three men mentioned above. Fysh and McGinness had given McMaster an outline of proposition for joy flights and air taxi work in Western Queensland and Northern Territory. There was no complex legal documentation of their initial agreement. There was a second meeting with a few other attendees where they agreed on the basis of a prospectus for a company which McMaster undertook and drew up. McGinness and Fysh were authorized to proceed to Sydney and investigate the purchase of suitable aircraft.
The Australian Aircraft and Engineering Company was building and modifying, the much used Avro 504K biplanes, replacing their unreliable rotary engines with the water-cooled
Sunbeam Dyak , a vertical straight six-cylinder engine of 100 horse power. It had a fabric-covered, wooden structure. It was twenty-eight feet long and had a wing span of thirty six feet. This aircraft could carry, besides the pilot, two passengers at a cruising speed of sixty five miles an hour. McGinnes and Fysh ordered two of them at 1500 Australian pounds each. That order, dated the 19th
August 1920 was placed in the name of “Western Queensland Auto Aero Service Ltd”. The basis of the Qantas acronym was still three months away. It was not until the 16th
November 1920 the certificate of incorporation was given under seal in Brisbane for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd". Its initials, including full stops provided the name Q.A.N.T.A.S.
2020 has not been a good year for anyone without question. Qantas was forced to let a lot of staff go and ground its entire fleet, and cancel celebration parties around Australia and the globe. The grounding of the whole fleet is something Qantas has never done not even during World War II. Qantas took delivery of a new Boeing 787-9 Dream liner VH-ZNN on its 100th
birthday, it was ferried direct from Everett to Victorville for long term storage. Only the top section of the tail was painted red with top half of the Flying Roo, the rest of the aircraft was all white not even Qantas titles. Sad, but I am guessing it could be something special in the future with a successful vaccine not to far away and I am thinking from Balarinji studios. Why not? It should be noted Qantas is the oldest continuously flying airline in the world. It did not stop flying even during World War two. Qantas flew Catalina Aircraft creating the longest flights in the world with a double sunrise Perth to Ceylon a duration of 28 hours carrying passengers and airmail. A 1:200 Qantas Catalina would be nice
VH-ZNJ Qantas 100 titles became the center piece of a low key event. It was ferried from Brisbane airport storage last Sunday 15th of November in preparation for Qantas 100th
birthday on Monday. There was a ballot where 100 Qantas staff where picked out of the hat. 100 Qantas passengers were also onboard the aircraft and it flew for 100 minutes. The flight number was QF100. Late Monday afternoon the 16thof November 2020 VH-ZNJ flew down down to the HARS museum where there was a black tie event for Qantas's birthday held in the Connie hanger, the aircraft then flew back to Sydney. A low level pass over the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up in red lights as you can see here on these Youtube links. Happy 100th Birthday Qantas you made it!
Also a letter from Her Royal Majesty the Queen - Congratulations
Sydney puts on a show for Qantas Centenary
Qantas marks 100th birthday with special flight over Sydney Harbour | 7NEWS
Legends first: The WW1 veterans and Qantas creators
And thanks to Willy for the 100th Roo with lights an very nice gift thanks mate