SCENIC FLIGHTS OF TOWNSVILLE
Why not take a scenic flight over Townsville and take in the sights from 330 metres?
Your pilot, ex Army Chinook helicopter pilot, military historian and former Official War Artist, Conway Bown, will fly you over key areas of Townsville and give you a bird's eye view of the region whilst explaining the history of the city, in particular the remarkable military history of Townsville from Captain Cook to the 21st Century.
There are four flights to choose from... or choose your own flight route*... and see Townsville from a different point of view.
Some of the highlights include:
The Skymaster was chosen by the US Air Force for its remarkable visibility and you won't be disappointed. Fully opening windows give you unobstructed opportunities for great aerial photos of Townsville.
With seats for up to 4 passengers (depending on weight), and twin engine safety, you can treat the whole family!
WHERE TO? HOW MUCH?
Click on the following links for more information:
1. City Sites - 20 minutes - $360.00 CLICK HERE
2. City and Magnetic Island - 30 minutes - $440.00 CLICK HERE
3. City, Magnetic Island, Ross River Dam - 45 minutes - $550.00 CLICK HERE
4. 5th Air Force Tour - 55 minutes - $660.00 CLICK HERE
5. Island Tour - 65 minutes - $770.00 CLICK HERE
ABOUT THE AIRCRAFT - CLICK HERE
DO YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS?
TAKE A SCENIC FLIGHT AND FIND OUT... AND SEE THE SITES FROM THE AIR!
1. There was a secret wireless station in one Townsville suburb that monitored the Japanese radio transmissions and warned Australian and US Troops in New Guinea when their bombers took off allowing the allies to intercept them. The house is still there... but where?
2. The unsung hero of the Gallipoli campaign, the submarine AE2, berthed near Townsville on its way to fight the Germans in Rabaul. It would later be the reason why the ANZACs stayed at Gallipoli... but why?
3. Some major roads in Townsville were airfields and construction sites of American heavy bombers. The bombers would then taxi down some well known roads to the Garbutt RAAF base where they would then go into operational service... but which roads were they?
4. Two RAAF airfields where fighter and bomber squadrons were based have now been swallowed up by Townsville's suburbs... is your house on one of the airfields?
5. Sir Charles Kingsford Smith took Townsville residents on joy flights... but from where?
6. Captain Cook was responsible for naming Magnetic Island when he sailed past it in 1770... but why?
7. The US Army wanted to build a causeway to Magnetic Island... but how?
8. The Japanese bombed Townsville three times during the war... but where?
Independent Productions and Aviation Services is the website of Conway Bown, Australian Army Official War Artist and Aviation Consultant. Services include portrait painting and other portraiture, aviation services such as CRM - Crew Resource Management - and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training - HUET - which may include Emergency Breathing Systems - EBS - training using Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Devices - HABD - or Helicopter Emergency Egress Device - HEEDs.
During 2006, Conway Bown deployed to the Middle East as the Australian Army's Official War Artist, what the US Armed Forces call Combat Artist. This website features the artwork created during this project as part of the Australian Army's Official Art Scheme.
For more information on War Art, Combat Artists, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS) or Crew Resource Management (CRM), please visit the relevant webpages:
HUET - RHO Aviation
CRM - RHO Aviation
EBS - RHO Aviation
Official War Artist - IPAS.