ANSETT Aviation Short Sandringham Limited Edition Photograph - by Aviation Photographer Peter Keating
What can be more
romantic than a flying boat flight to a beautiful and remote volcanic island in
the South Pacific?
In the 1950s and
early 1960s Lord Howe Island, some 600 km off the New South Wales coast of
Australia, was a very popular tourist trap. However the only way of
getting there, apart from a long sea voyage, was by flying boat.
At that time the
regular route involved embarking on one of Ansett's Short Sandringhams at the
picturesque Rose Bay in Sydney and taking a delightful three and a half hour
flight before landing in the lagoon on Lord Howe.
During a stopover
while flying as steward on BOAC Peter Keating photographed these spectacular
aircraft moored in Rose Bay. 'Pacific Chieftain' was VH-BRE, a
much-travelled Sunderland Mk.III which had flown with 10 Squadron, RAAF out of
Mountbatten in Plymouth during the war before being converted to a Sandringham
Mk.IV Tasman Class for Tasman Empire Airways. From 1946 to 1950 it flew as
ZK-AMD before being purchased by Qantas and then being sold on to Ansett Flying
Boat Services. Today 'Pacific Chieftain' lies scuttled 5km off the
island's coast having suffered heavy damage while moored at Lord Howe in 1963.
By that time it had
flown 423 return trips to the island, it never returned from its 424th.
Two sizes are available. The 14" image is limited to 30 copies, while the 22" version is limited to 20 copies
Pacific Chieftain at Rose Bay - Short Sandringham
- Artist: Peter Keating
- Product Code: CHG-012
- Availability: In Stock