Ships that Flew, The

1974, 47 Minutes

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The Sandringham service from Sydney to Lord Howe Island was the last scheduled flying boat service in the world. The Ships that Flew is a tribute to the golden era of flying boats that ended in 1974. Drawing on remarkable archival footage, the film captures the romance of these magnificent machines, including the extraordinarily effective "Flying Porcupine" used against the Luftwaffe in World War II, hard-working Catalinas and luxurious Solents that were the flagships of the tourism market. It looks at the business side of the industry and the reasons why services dwindled, and remembers the legendary men who took to the skies in the ships that flew.

A Film Australia Production. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

For Teachers

Level: Lifelong Learning

See Also

Air Australia, Just Australian Planes, Nancy Bird Walton