In 1930, Oscar Garden, a young man aged just 27 year old and with only 39 hour flying experience walked into an aerodrome in the South of England, climbed into the open cockpit of a second hand Gypsy Moth aeroplane and decided to fly to Australia. After eighteen days he landed at Wyndham Aerodrome in Western Australia. The flight was not without drama with several spectacular forced landings along the way.
As if this was not enough accolade for one man, Oscar Garden went on to become a commercial pilot and then later in life in New Zealand he became chief pilot and operations manager for the fledgling Tasman Empire Airways.
Sundowner of the Skies is part memoir and part biographical from the daughter of this remarkable man. It tells of Mary’s life growing up with this little known aviator and the history she uncovers when embarking on writing about his life.
|Book Size:||240 x 165 mm|