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Qantas/BOAC Order of Equatorial Air Voyagers
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 10:56 am    Post subject: Qantas/BOAC Order of Equatorial Air Voyagers Reply with quote

Hi all,

Four of these unusual old flight certificates, one for each member of the Earl family from Sydney, Australia, turned up in a shop. It would appear that the King Neptune "Order of Equatorial Air Voyagers" certificates were awarded to any passenger on a Qantas flight, that happened to cross the equator.



The certificates are dated 15th March 1950. Having look around online, the airline gave out these certificates for a number of years, changing the overall design from time to time.

In this case the aircraft's registration was VH-EBM, which saw use on a number of different Qantas aircraft over the years. In the early 1950s, it was applied to a Douglas DC-4, which - twelve years later - crashed off the coast of Italy. Photos of it may be found here: http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austcl/VH-EBM.html.

Has anyone here ever been given one of these, or something similar by an airline in the past?

Was Qantas allied with BOAC at the time?

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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My understanding was that Empire Airways was the predecessor of BOAC. I worked with a guy in Canada who had been a pilot on Empire Airways flying boats. He told me that the route to OZ and the Far East was via Egypt tho’ I can’t remember which port.

There’s also a reference to BOAC under the Quantas Empire Airways

A quick look at Wikipedia shows this
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In 1934, QANTAS and Britain's Imperial Airways (a forerunner of British Airways) formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited (QEA).[16] The new airline commenced operations in December 1934, flying between Brisbane and Darwin. QEA flew internationally from May 1935, when the service from Darwin was extended to Singapore (Imperial Airways operated the rest of the service through to London).[17] After World War II began, enemy action and accidents destroyed half of the fleet of ten, when most of the fleet was taken over by the Australian government for war service.[18]


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