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ANZAC Day - Lest We Forget

In Australia, April 25th is known as ANZAC Day.  ANZAC day began in 1916 and initially was a part day holiday to reflect on those soldiers, who in the First World War had lost their lives in Gallipoli.  Over the years, the day has become one in which to reflect on all those from all services and corps who have lost their lives in military conflicts that Australia has been involved in. 

LEFT:  Royal New Zealand Fighter Pilots circa Second World War.  New Zealand and Australia have always been close allies.  ANZAC is the abbreviation for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

The significance of ANZAC Day to many Australians, is as a day in which to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of others, and the fact that Gallipoli and other similar actions helped to forge Australia as a nation - a nation that came into being as the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901.

What is the connection between ANZAC Day and the building of a B737-800 flight simulator or for that matter aviation in general?

The carnage of war was one of the main catalysts to the evolution of many new innovations of which aviation was but one.  Of importance. was the emergence of the Australia Flying Corps (AFC) which was the forerunner of the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF).


Emerging from the hell of the Great War came three Australians who, toughed by war, hardship and bonded by mateship, developed what would be the second oldest airline in the world.  In 1920 the trio formed the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd, or QANTAS.

Hudson Fysh was born in Launceston, Tasmania, on 7 January 1895. He enlisted with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment, at the outbreak of World War I and saw active service at Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine before transferring to the Australian Flying Corps. He was commissioned at a lieutenant and served as an air gunner with No. 1 Squadron AFC in Palestine and received a Distinguished Flying Cross for his gallantry in air combat and attacking ground targets in late 1918.

Born at Framlingham, Victoria, on 4 February 1896, Paul McGinness joined the 8th Light Horse Regiment in 1914 as a trooper. After training in Egypt, he served at Gallipoli where he was one of the few survivors of the charge at The Nek in August 1915 and was wounded. He later received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for scouting and leadership in the Sinai desert in 1916.

LEFT:  Fysh and M'Ginness in AFC attire circa 1918. 

Fergus McMaster fought in the Great War as a gunner with the 7th Battery, 3rd Brigade, Australian Field Artillery at Amiens, Villers-Bretonneux and Hamel.

W Arthur Baird was not a founding a member of QANTAS; however, his engineering skill was vital to the early success of the air service.  Baird joined the Australian Flying Corps and served as a flight sergeant in Palestine with No. 1 Squadron AFC where he met Paul McGinness and Hudson Fysh. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for his ability to maintain aero engines in difficult conditions, and Baird was an obvious choice to keep the aircraft flow by QANTAS in the air.

Lest We Forget.


Throttle Quadrant & Center Pedestal on the way (finally)

The QANTAS strike in Australia has sure left me stranded - not personally but with freight.  Even though flight operations were only cancelled for a few days, the backlog of freight and essential cargo that has been delayed is staggering. It just proves that Australia really does need another major airline so that Qantas does not hold the nation to ransom.

Throttle Quadrant & Avionics Bay

After almost a month in transit (who said air freight was fast), the 737 throttle quadrant and avionics bay has arrived in Sydney, only to be sitting on the floor of the Qantas warehouse for a week!  My customs forwarder advised me on Friday that Qantas finally has released the freight for dispatch to Melbourne then onwards further south to Hobart.  Arrival time is mid next week (touch wood).


The main instrument panel, I have been reliably told by Peter Cos of Flight Deck Solutions has been wired and will be ready for dispatch later next week.  I'll ensure this freight is NOT sent via QANTAS....Maybe I'll use DHL.

In the interim, whilst waiting for freight to arrive, I've been kept busy working through computer set up networking challenges in WIN 7, and solving an assortment of compatability issues with regard to software.  After many hours, it seems that many of these matters are now well on their way to be solved.  I've also been spending considerable time researching the various flight models that can be used with Sim Avionics.

It will soon be time to begin the build phase of the project.