About Airplay

Airplay is the blog of the Heritage of the Air research team. It will feature our work-in-progress, case studies and experiments with all aspects of aviation heritage.

About the Project

Heritage of the Air is a 3 year Australian Research Council Linkage project that investigates how aviation has transformed Australian society over the last 100 years. In the lead up to Australia’s centenary of civil aviation, our focus is on people rather than planes and we seek to tell the broader story of diverse Australian communities and aviation. The project aims to engage with the public’s enduring fascination with aviation through innovative analyses and interpretation of little known aviation heritage collections, to produce exciting exhibitions, accessible digital collections and heritage resources, as well as scholarly publications.

The project is based at the University of Canberra and our research partners include Airservices Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the SFO Museum in San Francisco, the Queensland Museum and the Civil Aviation Historical Society in Melbourne. Academic investigators are based at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, and the University of New England in Armindale.

This research was supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects funding scheme (project LP160101232).

The Heritage of the Air ARC Linkage project acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to elders past and present.