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Bankstown Tower remembered

11 Jul 2019

The iconic Bankstown Tower No. 2 has been remembered in a series of new photos showcased by the Civil Aviation Historical Society and Airways Museum.

The photos, which can be seen here, show the history of the checked tower which was built to replace the original wartime tower.

This picture shows the tower in the 1960s, most likely during an airshow.

If you’ve never been to the museum in Essendon, which is sponsored by Airservices, it’s well worth a visit to its extensive collection of historical aviation items.

The museum also holds regular presentations, with the next one on August 14 about the early days of the Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL).

TEAL was set up by the British, Australian and New Zealand governments in 1940 to provide a trans-Tasman Sea link to enable New Zealand to join into the Empire Air Mail Scheme.

Presenter Paul Sheehan is an expert on the flying boats used by TEAL in this early period and this talk is an interesting counterpart to the museum’s current exhibition, Australia and the Empire Air Mail Scheme.