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QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM SUPER CONSTELLATION ARRIVES IN LONGREACH – THE END OF A 2 AND HALF YEAR JOURNEY

    The month of May was a very big month for Qantas Founders Museum with the arrival of its Super Constellation in Longreach on 24 May 2017. In September 2014, the museum was the successful bidder for Lockheed Super Constellation N4247K, in an auction held by the Manila International Airport Authority. The aircraft, which […]

The significance of our BOEING 707-138 VH-EBA/XBA

On Saturday 10 June 2017, Qantas Founders Museum will host a special dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the Boeing 707 VH -XBA (formerly VH-EBA) to Longreach after months of work by a group of dedicated volunteers. Before we celebrate this momentous event, we thought we would remember why our museum’s Boeing […]

Mystery of the glider

We were hoping our followers could help clear up a mystery of a glider included in the two photos below. We know from the lettering on the Qantas Hangar gable that the first of these photos was taken in front of the Longreach Qantas hangar sometime after 1930. We also know from the hills in the […]

Are you a descendant of Alexander Kennedy?

The Qantas Founders Museum has been contacted by a gentleman called Jim Kennedy who is trying to trace descendants of Alexander Kennedy or his brothers James Duff Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. For those who do not know, Alexander Kennedy was vital in the establishment of Qantas by purchasing £250 of shares in the company in […]

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – A LITTLE LATE

Regular readers of the Longreach newspaper, the ‘Longreach Leader’ may have noticed a story a couple pf weeks ago about Ken & Melda ‘Peg’ Ballinger celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary at the Gold Coast on June 26th. While it wasn’t mentioned in that story, the Museum feels a special connection with Peg Ballinger. In November […]

HAVE A QANTASTIC CHRISTMAS!!!

Let us share a Christmas story. Are you comfy? Then we’ll begin… Once upon a time (January 1968), Boeing sold Qantas a brand new 707-338C. It was named ‘City of Canberra’ and registered VH-EAB. Then, in August 1971, the first Qantas 747 was about to arrive. It would be called ‘City of Canberra’ so the 707 […]

TAPPING INTO A THIRD GENERATION OF PILOTS

Of all the pilots who flew for Qantas, one of the most famous is undoubtedly Russell Tapp. Born in England in 1898, he joined the airline in 1928 and had experience on the DH-50 and as an instructor at the QANTAS Brisbane Flying School on the DH-60 Moth. He was the pilot for the famous […]

QANTAS DOUBLE SUNRISE

At the launch of the Catalina Display, Curator Tom Harwood gave a speech about the history of the Qantas Double Sunrise flights. Please find below the Curator’s speech…. “What we’ve come to call the ‘Double Sunrise’ service was a relatively minor part of Qantas  history but a disproportionately important part. World War 2 almost killed […]

Qantas and ANZAC

QANTAS and ANZAC by Qantas Founders Museum’s Curator, Tom Harwood. Anzac Day has special significance for the Qantas Founders Museum. The founders we commemorate were among the original ANZAC’s. Paul McGinness, the man the others called the ‘Spark of Qantas’, enlisted with the 8th Light Horse in September 1914 and was among the second wave […]