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Listed under:  Science  >  Forces and energy  >  Energy resources  >  Fossil fuels  >  Petroleum  >  Aviation fuel
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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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Lend-lease petroleum in use in Australia, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing petroleum, probably aviation fuel, being pumped into a tanker truck and two trailers during World War II. The full drums are stored on what appear to be rail freight wagons. The empty ones are stacked alongside. The photograph forms part of the collection of the US Library of ...

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Super-fast jet boats

Jet boats can go really fast. Instead of an outboard motor and propeller, jet boats have an inboard engine and they eject a jet of water out the rear of the boat. Watch this clip to see how they work.

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German Bible, 1848

This is a leather-bound Bible measuring 24.0 cm x 26.5 cm x 8.0 cm, printed in Old German and published in Germany in 1848.

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Briefcase used to save the 'Southern Cross', 1935

This is a black leather briefcase inscribed with 'BAG USED TO TRANSFER OIL ON SOUTHERN CROSS JUBILEE AIR MAIL TASMAN FLIGHT 15TH MAY 1935' and signed 'C Kingsford Smith', 'P G Taylor' and 'John S W Stannage'.

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Dirty War, 2005: US military in Philippines

This clip shows the US Clark Air Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines. Military aircraft take off and land as a narrator explains that, over a 45-year period, repair, maintenance and refuelling operations have led to millions of litres of aviation fuel and other toxic chemicals being flushed down drains, causing environmental ...