I really don’t like flying. I like being there, but not the getting there part. International friends should rest easy in the knowledge that if they invite me to their place, I am unlikely to visit. My reluctance to get on a plane is rather convenient because aviation contributes 2.5 percent of global carbon emissions. As aviation affects the concentration of gases and pollutants in the atmosphere, it contributes 3.5 percent to warming (see here). Nevertheless as an isolated country far from global markets, Australia is dependent on air transport.
In truth, I would like my children to travel, both for their own pleasure but also because you can learn much about the world and other cultures through travel. If my kids fly with Qantas in future, they won’t be travelling on one of the Boeing 747 400 series planes. These planes were retired in 2020. This is the last one leaving Australia for the plane graveyard in the Mojave desert, California. I watched that plane fly over my house. It flew low and slow and seemed to hang in the air. My True Love (TL) was at our local park with his camera and he snapped this photo as it passed overhead.
The departure of that last Qantas 747 was a sentimental affair.
Sticking with aircraft, how is this for fancy flying? The Roulettes made an appearance at the air parade to commemorate the centenary of the Australian air force (the RAAF).
In Australia, we built planes before we built cars. Now we don’t build either. We had no fighter planes when war with Japan broke out in 1941. The CAC Boomerang was approved, designed and built in 16 weeks in that year. I got a little arty with my TL’s photo.
I suppose the current Australian government will be hoping for that sort of success for its new $1 billion initiative to build guided missiles in Australia. The government announced the initiative on the same day as the RAAF birthday celebrations. Nice touch that.
Presumably the federal government will be chipping in another billion to add to the $50 million that the Victorian state government has recently announced to establish a mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Australia. It is estimated that it will take a year for the mRNA vaccines to come off the production line, but perhaps that could be accelerated with extra cash. We shall see. I hope it happens and I hope the two governments do not quibble about where to locate the manufacturing plant. Let’s just get it done and save lives.
Let me finish with a couple of bird photos. Photographing birds in flight is not my forté. I guess it takes practise, patience and luck. Here a swamp hen chick exercises its baby wings and an Eastern rosella takes off.
This is my response to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Taking Flight. In addition, because it is Friday, we need music for my Friday song day. Today I’ve chosen Ballet of Unhatched Chicks with Pens & Jar Lids performed by Homemade Music. And you thought you could never be a classical musician. Knock yourself out.
Stay safe, everyone.
About the photos:
All the the photos apart from the last two were taken by my True Love.