AUSTRALIA: Slap & Slap

In Australia's tiny eleven-year-old capital, Canberra, British Air Marshal Sir Edward Ellington, Inspector-General of the Royal Air Force, was recently invited by the Australian Government to inspect the Commonwealth's proud fighting air arm. Sir Edward came, saw and last week issued a pants-slapping report.

Shocked were most Australians when Air Marshal Sir Edward charged that the Dominion's high proportion of air accidents is due to disobedience of orders or bad flying discipline; that Australia's prized fighting plane, the Wirraways, similar to the U. S. Army's North American BT 9, possesses insufficient...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!