This weekend, many Australians world-wide are celebrating the annual, national holiday "Australia Day." A day of national pride and accomplishment. There is nothing more than to remember one of the most vital facets of Australia, being that it is its own nation, continent, and island deep rooted in the southern hemisphere. This facet is air travel. It is necessary because of its location and has made an impact on the world at large.
Out of all the Australian aviators I could ever think of, besides Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, it was his pupil, legendary Australian aviatrix Nancy-Bird Walton.
With the fact that she was the first woman in Australia to acquire a commercial license, the founder of the Australian Women Pilots' Association; a long history could be written on this legend. I will let the following video featuring her to do the talking. (No one better to tell the legacy than her voice - right?)
QANTAS Airways, LTD., announced on her 90th birthday that they would name the launch Airbus Industrie A380-800 aircraft in her name. The ceremony below was recorded shortly before her passing.
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She is not only an icon for Australian Aviation but for the world. It was only proper to dedicate such an amazing aircraft that will keep her name and legacy soaring the skies for many years to come.
For all of our Australian subscribers and followers, wishing you a
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!
Keep soaring higher and higher.