Aviation

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Pilots confusing Essendon Airport for Melbourne Airport

Over the years there have been many examples of pilots confusing one airport for another, and Melbourne has seen more than it’s fair share – thanks to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport being located near Essendon Airport. Google Earth 14 January 2014 Air India flight AI301 Boeing 787-8 VT-ANM Photo by byeangel from Tsingtao, China, via Wikimedia […]

What is the biggest aircraft to land at Essendon Airport?

Today Essendon Airport? is mainly used by business jets and light aircraft, but it was once Melbourne’s main international gateway. But what was the biggest aircraft to land there? Some history Until the 1960s Essendon Airport was Melbourne’s main airport, seeing a wide range of piston-powered airliners. Photo by Peter Hough, via Wikimedia Commons But […]

Photos from ten years ago: August 2011

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is August 2011. Trains This month ten years ago I went for a trip around the Melbourne suburbs in a restored Diesel Electric Rail Motor operated by DERMPAV We headed out to Upfield, Alamein and Belgrave, with a lunch stop at […]

Essendon Airport then and now

Here we are at Essendon Airport back in 1969, when jet planes were only just new, and Ansett and TAA were your options for domestic air travel. Photo from The Age archives And here is the same spot in 2013. Pole 18 might still be there, but plenty of things have changed. Melbourne Airport replaced […]

Location scouting Client Liaison’s “A Foreign Affair”

Back in August 2017 Australian indie pop duo Client Liaison released their 1980s themed video clip for “A Foreign Affair”, featuring Tina Arena and a whole swag of references to defunct airline Ansett Australia. So where did they film the clip? Scene by scene The duo arrive into the terminal. Walk up to the check-in […]