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Extract from Qantas: Australian Airline’s 50th Anniversary (1970)

Fiftieth anniversary of QANTAS founding in Winton, Queensland in 1920. Early shots of the aerodrome and planes including the DH-50, DH-86, DC3, Constellation and Boeing 707.

In 1920 W Hudson Fysh, Paul McGinness and Fergus McMaster founded the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd (Qantas) with two open-cabin biplanes. From its original base in the outback Queensland town of Winton, Qantas has grown to become Australia’s largest airline. It is the second oldest airline in the world, and the company and its flying kangaroo logo have become an Australian icon.

NFSA: 65537 Newsreel courtesy Cinesound Movietone Productions, NFSA


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