A Qantas Super Constellation aircraft landed in Sydney this afternoon to complete the first round the world flight ever undertaken by an Australian airline.
M.S. Qantas plane taxies in across tarmac
C.U. plane sideview and engines and wing tank past camera
M.S. gangway moved to open plane door
C.U. sign on fuselage "The Flying Newsroom"
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M.S. blokes down steps
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M.S. A.B.C. representative down stairs
L.S. crowd and crew near gangway
C.U. fuselage with place names
M.S. plane captain and bald bloke holding scroll
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C.U. fuselage with more place names
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C.U. above two blokes still with scroll
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M.S. two blokes shake hands over scroll
L.S. crew on gangway steps
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Background: A Qantas Super Constellation aircraft landed in Sydney this afternoon to complete the first round the world flight ever undertaken by an Australian airline. The plane is also claimed to be the first single commercial aircraft to fly right round the world.
Other airlines use relays of flights on their world services. The Qantas plane - the Southern Aurora - left Australia on December the 20th. It's covered just over twenty nine thousand miles since then. On board was a party of journalists from America, Asia Europe and Australia. Because of this, the plane was nicknamed "The Flying Newsroom,"
During the course of the global flight the journalists interviewed many world figures, including the Pope and the Indian Premier, Mr. Nehru. The A.B.C. representative on board was Don Speedy.
The flight was carried out in preparation for Qantas regular round the world flights which start next Tuesday. The Captain of the place, Captain Bruce returned from the trip with a special scroll.
The scroll was handed over to the Qantas Assistant General Manager, Captain Bruce. The paper was signed by important officials in many of the countries along the route. Throughout the whole of the flight there was not one delay from mechanical trouble.