Author(s): Jim Eames
From its earliest days, Qantas has attracted its fair share of unusual challenges and unique characters. These are the stories of a great airline and the people who made it told by a man who has Qantas running through his veins. Full of nostalgia for a company in its prime, they are hilarious, heroic, and sometimes even odd. They are about the brilliant risk takers who made Qantas the safest airline in the world, the special demands of flying VIPs, the strange peccadillos of chairmen and CEOs, the hazard of overseas postings, and the ever present dangers of the skies. But above all, these are the stories of how a uniquely Australian image was brought to the best airline in the English speaking world ...Rich and warm-hearted, The Flying Kangaroo is a reminder why Qantas remains very much a part of our national psyche.
Jim Eames is author of The Country Undertaker, Six Feet Under Or Up in Smoke and Taking to the Skies. As one of Australia's first aviation writers, and former press secretary to the Minister for Aviation and former Director of Public Affairs for Qantas, he is a man who has lived and breathed aviation. He also tells a great yarn.