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An Interesting Point 2nd Edition

A History of Military Aviation at Point Cook

(6 customer reviews)
Authors: Steve Campbell-Wright
Military History, Aviation
279mm x 216mm

‘The history of Point Cook is an important story. One which should be better known to all Australians.’    – Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Point Cook has helped to shape modern Australia. Near Melbourne on the shore of Port Phillip, it has been the location for a significant number of the country’s aviation ‘firsts’. From the birth of Australia’s military aviation, through the encouragement of fledgling civil air services, to the training of many of the country’s top military and commercial pilots, Point Cook has played a role second to none.

Cultural historian Steve Campbell-Wright skilfully weaves a tale spanning a century that gives a glimpse into the often-secretive world behind the gates of the Birthplace of Military Aviation. The tale abounds with the personal stories of those who were there, providing a fascinating mix of triumph and tragedy in a world experienced by very few in the nation’s past.

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Steve Campbell-Wright

Steve Campbell-Wright

Steve Campbell-Wright has served in the Air Force for over 35 years. He holds a master’s degree in arts from the University of Melbourne, postgraduate qualifications in cultural heritage from Deakin University, and has studied for a PhD at the University of Melbourne. He has deployed to most major areas of operations over the last […]

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6 reviews for An Interesting Point 2nd Edition

  1. “Point Cook is the longest continuously operating military airfield in the world. This book is a fitting tribute to the men and women who have worked there, as well as their achievements; while incorporating some of the base’s more colourful history and characters,”

  2. “One hundred years of history of military aviation at RAAF Williams – Point Cook has been captured in a single book. This book is sure to be a collectors item and sit on the coffee tables of collectors for years to come.”

  3. New book documents history of aviation at Point Cook

  4. It is important to remember the contribution of past aviators who helped build the current Air Force.

  5. (verified owner)

    This book comprehensively tells the story of the base and many of its personalities. It is a well-constructed and well-researched book with very well-chosen illustrations.

  6. Excellent, well researched and presented book with many great photos. A lot of good memories for me having lived at Point Cook during the early 90’s. I remember some of the characters as well, including the large whale tail and the horizon pool constructed for a movie set on base at the time. A proud part of our aviation history, significant because it was the site where Australian military aviation began. A must have for any military history enthusiast.

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