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Over three episodes Justine Clarke uncovers the secrets of more than 100 years of aviation – and discovers that what happened in the air shaped Australia on the ground.

In 2020, Australia’s centenary of civil aviation, this is the story of the flight crews, fashions, machines and destinations that transformed Australian life, in the air and on the ground. The series is a collision of pop culture, the history of flight and the great shifts in Australian life that flying enabled and encouraged. The opportunities and tensions created by air travel are the context for struggles between sexes, sexualities and cultures that reflect and foreshadow changes that would follow on the ground. These stories are told by the hostesses, stewards and pilots and are brought to life by a rich archive of aircraft, people and exotic destinations. Australia Come Fly with Me explores with wit and insight one of Australia’s toughest and most important industries. It is also an ambitious history of diversity in Australia over 100 years.

Australia Come Fly With Me is a WildBear Entertainment production presented by Screen Australia and SBS in association with Screen NSW.