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Boy's diagram of a rocket ship, 1957

This is a hand-drawn diagram of a rocket ship by young Denis Cox, sent in October 1957 to 'A top scientist at Woomera Rocket Range, South Australia'. It links to an online showcase called 'Find of the Month' via an educational resource page in the National Archives Virtual Reading Room (VRROOM). The 'Find of the Month' ...

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Refuelling an aeroplane at Tullamarine Airport, 1971

This is a colour image of a tarmac crew refuelling a Boeing 747B aeroplane at the Qantas terminal, Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne. The fuel is being transferred from an Esso refuelling truck. At the same time, a large container bearing the Qantas logo of the time is about to be loaded into the hold of the plane, where two ...

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Family reunited at Essendon Airport, 1948

This is a black-and-white photograph of Marjorie, Bill and Suzanne Cruttenden being met by Dorcas Brown, Marjorie's mother, at Essendon Airport in December 1948. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Duigan biplane, 1910

This is a photograph of John Robertson Duigan at the controls of the aeroplane he designed and built in 1909-10. The plane appears to be on top of a hill in a rural area. Duigan is holding a control and looking away from the camera. Some struts and parts of the wings are visible. At the rear of the plane is a large propeller. ...

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Letter to Leading Aircraftman Howard Kellehear from Nell, 22 Jan 1942

This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined off-white paper, with considerable losses from insect activity. The paper has browned and significant staining is also evident. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

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Aerial crop dusting in 1970

This is a photograph showing the aerial crop dusting of a banana plantation in 1970. A small single-propeller-blade biplane is spraying a cloud of liquid as it flies low over the crops.

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'Southern Cross' above Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1931

This is a 1931 gelatin silver-toned composite photograph measuring 32 cm x 25.5 cm, produced by Hall and Co. It shows Charles Kingsford Smith's monoplane, the 'Southern Cross', flying over the partially constructed Sydney Harbour Bridge, escorted by a biplane. The view is from the north-west, probably McMahons Point, and ...

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Aviator William Ewart Hart's biplane, 1911

This is a 23.4 cm x 38.8 cm sepia-toned photograph of the homemade biplane of one of Australia's first aviators, William Ewart Hart (1885-1943), after its 1911 landing on the Sydney Showground, New South Wales. A crowd has gathered around the aircraft, obscuring Hart from view.

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Britain wins Schneider Cup, 1927

This is an excerpt from 'Flying', a black-and-white silent documentary about the history of flight, made in about 1927. This excerpt features the response to Britain winning the Schneider Cup, a seaplane race, in Italy on 26 September 1927. The first sequence shows the eight British planes in the winning team flying in ...

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The Big Boomerang, 1962: Qantas goes international

This clip shows a series of black-and-white still images and film footage that trace the history of Qantas aircraft and services from 1922 to 1938. The voice-over refers to the construction and operation of the DH50 aircraft from 1926 onwards and the role Qantas played in carrying mail to areas within Australia from 1922 ...

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Andy Thomas describes his first flight into space, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Australian astronaut Andy Thomas talking about his first flight into space in May 1996. Thomas describes the experience of taking off aboard the US space shuttle Endeavour, and how he was able to look down from space on the city of his birth, Adelaide, at night. He also describes how ...

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Andy Thomas discusses recreation on Mir, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Australian astronaut and cosmonaut Andy Thomas describing the recreational challenges of living for almost five months aboard the Russian space station Mir in 1998. The recording was made in August 2008.

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Andy Thomas describes being a cosmonaut, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Australian astronaut Andy Thomas describing how he prepared to spend almost five months as a cosmonaut in 1998 aboard the Russian space station Mir, in company with two Russians. He also talks about conversational difficulties aboard the space station. The recording was made in August 2008.

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Model of Hargrave's box kite, 1969

This is a reproduction model of a double box kite. It was designed by Lawrence Hargrave in 1893 and was made by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney in 1969. It comprises two rectangular cells made from a wooden frame with a cream cotton calico covering. Inside each of the cells are two wooden cross struts ...

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Framed photograph of Lawrence Hargrave, c1900

This is a sepia photograph taken about 1900 depicting pioneering aeronautic scientist Lawrence Hargrave wearing a suit and hat. In the background are bushes. The print is in a wooden frame with tortoiseshell overlay, and is protected by glass. On the top edge is a round metal hanging hook and the frame is backed with brown paper.

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Aviator's flying cap worn by Millicent Bryant, 1926

This is a flying cap, made of leather and cotton with metal stud fastenings, manufactured around 1926. It features a brown leather peaked cap with cheek flaps and green and grey tartan lining. It was used by Australian aviator Millicent Bryant.

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VH-UAU Cirrus Moth biplane, 1927

This is a single-engine VH-UAU Cirrus Moth biplane that was manufactured by de Havilland in England in 1927. It features tandem accommodation for a pilot and one passenger. Primarily a wooden structure with fabric covering, it is powered by a four-cylinder air-cooled ADC Cirrus II engine with a two-blade wooden propeller. ...

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Aircraft-recognition model of a North American AJ-2 Savage, 1940-59

This is an aircraft-recognition model of a North American AJ-2 Savage. The model is made of solid metal and is painted dark grey. It features high wings, large twin engines and a vertical stabiliser. There is a small pierced hole on the underside of the body, allowing the model to be supported by a vertical rod.

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Storm II surfing kite by Flexifoil International, 2003

This is a red-and-grey Storm II surfing kite made from rip-stop polyester nylon. It was manufactured by Flexifoil International, China, in 2003.

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Transavia Airtruk light aeroplane, 1965

This is a Transavia PL-12 Airtruk single-engine agricultural biplane aircraft designed and built by the Transavia Corporation in Australia in 1965. The Airtruk is of all-metal construction with the cockpit mounted above a tractor engine and short pod fuselage with rear doors. It has twin tail booms with two unconnected ...