Kate, Rita, Fiona: 3 Fiesty women, a small canvas ‘plane & a derelict ship’s hull

Posted on: Mon 20 May 2019

Kate: Migrating to Australia.  In 1968 a somewhat inexperienced 28 year old pilot with only 40 flying hours to his credit, and an even less experienced 24 year old navigator took off from a Scottish airfield on the first stage of a 12,000 mile journey to Australia that was scheduled to take only 6 weeks. Fate proved otherwise! Piled on the rear seat of the tiny canvas covered, wooden propeller, 3-seat aircraft was one small suitcase of clothes and a few personal necessities, along with a large cardboard box containing 33 topographical maps.  Their journey was peppered with rogues; thieves; bribery demands; war torn countries; good and kind-hearted people who helped the young couple through perilous times and conditions.

Rita: 2013.  In a yellow hard-hat, a mature-aged woman climbed aboard MV Palanpur, a Heavy-Lift ship in the UK, bound for a 22,000km, three month eventful journey to Australia.   On the deck was the shrink-wrapped hull of The City of Adelaide Clipper Ship.  Just how did this determined woman wheedle her way onto the Palanpur, a non-passenger carrying working ship, and why?

Fiona White chats with both women about their adventures.

Produced by Fiona White

Kate Clements book

Rita Bradd website

Rita Bradd. Provided by R Bradd and used with permission

Kathy and George Wright in their small plane ‘Charlie Golf’. Provided by Kate Clements and used with her permission

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