David Coulter Warbrick trained as an aircraft Instrument Maker with the Royal Australian Air Force in World War 2.
When he was discharged, he joined Qantas and worked on DC-3s, Avro Lancastrians and both versions of the Lockheed Constellation before he became part of the Qantas team overseeing the construction of VH-EBA, now the Museum’s Boeing.
David kept the cards certifying completion of each Boeing training course in a wallet and the card at the bottom right is the one which makes our Curator envious. It’s a ticket, signed by Chief Test Pilot Alvin Melvin ‘Tex’ Johnston confirming that David flew on ‘Dash 80’, the prototype of the Boeing 707. Chief Test Pilot Alvin Melvin ‘Tex’ Johnston is famous for performing a barrel roll in a Boeing Jet in 1955. You have to see it to believe it! Check out this Youtube video.
Thank you to David’s niece, Barbara Bellin for contributing these parts and others from David Warbrick’s life to the museum’s collection.