Friday, 6 July 2012
Build Your Own
In 1926 Q.A.N.T.A.S. became the world's first airline to both build and fly it's own aircraft. It was a bold step for the engineering staff with their humble workshop in an isolated country town.
The engines and all metal parts were imported from England. Spruce and Oregon timbers for wing spars were Canadian, but the maple used for the propellers and the plywood needed for cabin construction came from Queensland. Large rolls of linen were imported from Ireland while the dope used to make the linen taut came from England.
Above is the original hangar where it all started.