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  • Pacific Chieftain at Rose Bay - Short Sandringham

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


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Pacific Chieftain at Rose Bay - Short Sandringham

  • Artist: Peter Keating
  • Product Code: CHG-012
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £24.00


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