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By David Wilson

This new investigate the old accomplishments of the Royal Australian Air strength (RAAF) is a tribute to the lads and ladies who've served with contrast and bravado in many of the significant international conflicts when you consider that 1914.

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The ship departed for the Bay of Whales on 2 January 1936, and the Gipsy Moth was flown on the 12th to plot a course for the ship through the ice floes. Despite the guidance of the aircrew, the passage of the Discovery II was hampered by the prevailing ice condition before it eventually broke through the ice floes into the Ross Sea. The Moth was launched on the 15th, enabling Murdoch to fly over the Little America base. Suddenly a man appeared, gesticulating to gain their attention. This was Kenyon, who gratefully accepted the bag of food and cigarettes dropped to him from the aircraft.

The development of bases along this route had both commercial and military ramifications—the Qantas base at Groote Eylandt, for example, was used as a wartime staging base for operations against the Japanese. Other interwar nation-building activities of the RAAF cannot be ignored. In 1921 the decision was made by the Australian Government to commit defence resources to a survey of the treacherous waters of the Great Barrier Reef, but it was not until April–June 1923 that a Fairey III-D was sent from Sydney to participate in photographic experiments in the area.

It was not until 19 December that Campbell and Douglas began to erect the little biplane, enabling the first flight to be made on the 31st. After overcoming problems related to the heating of the engine lubricants they coaxed the engine to start. Campbell, from a height of 2000 metres, sighted land to the south that Mawson named MacRobertson Land. The fragility of the aircraft was well illustrated in the subsequent weather conditions, in which a severe blizzard threatened to blow the aircraft overboard.

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