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Charles Ulm: The untold story of one of Australia's greatest aviation pioneers

Charles Ulm: The untold story of one of Australia's greatest aviation pioneers

The definitive insight into Charles Ulm, the oft-overshadowed partner and fellow pioneer of Australian aviation Charles Kingsford Smith, whose untimely death robbed Australia of a huge talent.

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ISBN 9781760294274
Barcode 9781760294274
Published 25 July 2018 by Allen & Unwin
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Searle, Rick
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ISBN-13 9781760294274
ISBN-10 1760294276
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint Allen & Unwin
Publication Date 25 July 2018
International Publication Date 25 October 2018
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Searle, Rick
Category Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Australasian & Pacific History
Aviation Skills / Piloting
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 505g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Air pilots - Biography - Australia, Aeronautics - Biography - Australia, Aeronautics - History - Australia
NBS Text Biography: Science, Technology & Medical
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 629.13092
Catalogue Code 929098

Description of this Book

Charles Ulm and Charles Kingsford Smith were the original pioneers of Australian aviation. Together they succeeded in a number of record-breaking flights that made them instant celebrities in Australia and around the world: the first east-to-west crossing of the Pacific, the first trans-Tasman flight, Australia to New Zealand, the first flight from New Zealand to Australia. Business ventures followed for them, as they set up Australian National Airways in late 1928. Smithy was the face of the airline, happier in the cockpit or in front of an audience than in the boardroom. Ulm on the other hand was in his element as managing director. Ulm had the tenacity and organisational skills, yet Smithy had the charisma and the public acclaim. In 1932, Kingsford Smith received a knighthood for his services to flying, Ulm did not. Business setbacks and dramas followed, as Ulm tried to develop the embryonic Australian airline industry. ANA fought hard against the young Qantas, already an establishment favourite, but a catastrophic crash on the airline's regular route from Sydney to Melbourne and the increasing bite of the Great Depression forced ANA's bankruptcy in 1933. Desperate to drum up publicity for a new airline venture, Ulm's final flight was meant to demonstrate the potential for a regular trans-Pacific passenger service. Somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii his plane, Stella Australis, disappeared. No trace of the plane or crew were ever found. In the years since his death, attention has focused more and more on Smithy, leaving Ulm neglected and overshadowed. This biography will attempt to rectify that, showing that Ulm was at least Smithy's equal as a flyer, and in many ways his superior as a visionary, as an organiser and as a businessman. His untimely death robbed Australia of a huge talent.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Rick Searle has been a full-time freelance writer and film maker for over forty years. He has worked in radio, television and film, and lectured in television writing at the Queensland University of Technology. Rick has had a lifelong interest in aviation. He is the author of five books, including The Man Who Saved Smithy, about the life of Australian flyer and navigator Sir Gordon Taylor.

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