Guest: Phil Vabre and Maurice Austin
Host: Dave Homewood and James Kightly
Recorded: 13th of November 2015, at Essendon, Australia
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 30 seconds
In this episode, in the Wings Over Australia sub-series, co-hosts Dave Homewood and James Kightly are given a guided tour of The Airways Museum at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, by Phil Vabre and Maurice Austin. The museum is unusual as an aviation-themed museum that has no aeroplanes, but it more than makes up for it with fascinating display of technological wizardry from through the ages that has all contributed to various forms of aerial navigation and safety when flying across the vast continent of Australia, and around the world. Phil and Maurice demonstrate and explain the various eras of Airways technology in a most entertaining and hands on way.
The following photos should hopefully assist the listener in understanding the many items being discussed.
Maurice explains the Lorenz 33 Mc Radio Range beacon approach with the DC-3 model nearly ready to fly along the beam. (JDK)
Maurice demonstrating radio direction finding using a transistor radio and homemade loop antenna to D/F on a local radio station. (JDK)
Below – Photos of the mural at the entrance to the Airways Museum (All DGH)
The music heard in this episode is “Diga Diga Doo”, by Bob Crosby and his Orchestra, provided by Matt Austin via his original 1930’s portable gramophone.