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Brain, Lester Joseph 1903-1980

Works: 6 works in 6 publications in 1 language and 75 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Lester Joseph Brain
Interview with L. R. Ambrose by L. R Ambrose( Recording )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

TAPE 1. Mr Ambrose explains reasons for becoming a pilot and his flying training; interesting experiences while in the airforce; how he came to work as a pilot for Qantas and the type of work involved; incidents on the job; the early years of the airline and problems involved in flying over the sea; early radio. TAPE 2. Describes his mail and passenger run between Singapore, Indonesia, Java and Australia; the improvements and differences between the early aircrafts and those of today; the advantages of flying boats; imperial flying boats; recalls a time when he ran into difficulty while flying one; Captain Brain and his methods of piloting; the story of his 1st Officer Jimmy Broadbent. TAPE 3. Experiences with flying boats for Qantas; Air Chief Marshall Sir Robert Cotton; World War II and the difficulties it caused commercial aircraft; the discovery he made of a secret Japanese airstrip in Malaya and the consquences after reporting it to the authorities. TAPE 4. How he became a fellow of the Royal Metereological Society; various aircrafts used in commercial aviation during World War II; lack of fire safety in wartime aircrafts; Norfolk Island; his views on the need for protection from invasion of Australia and New Zealand during World War II; the Clunies-Ross family; his survey to establish an airfield on the Cocos Islands. TAPE 5. Restoration of the old Kangaroo flights; the linking of General Macarthurs headquarters in Australia and New Guinea with those of Lord Mountbatten; the importance of the Cocos Islands group during WWII; describes in detail the navigation of an aircraft while flying over sea. TAPE 6. Making contact in Batavia with the Dutch Civil Aviation authorities in order to investigate the possibility of operating a flying boat service from the southern coast of Java; Captain Albury Kash who was shot down by a Japanese raid on Broome; the wreck of his flying board in Darwin Harbour. TAPE 7. Trouble with the U.S. Naval Centre on Guam, Qantas operations to China after WWII; his work in the Singapore office
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