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Reproduced courtesy of Graeme Andrews

Ken Warby standing next to SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA

Date: 1978
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Graeme Andrews
Object Copyright: © Graeme Andrews
Object Name: Negative
Object No: ANMS1163[312]
Related Place:Blowering Reservoir,

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    Ken Warby watching RAAF apprentices SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA making last minute adjustments to SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA at Blowering Dam.
    Bob Apathy also appears in one of the images and SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA is still on the trailer.
    SignificanceAfter Ken Warby set his first world speed record in 1977 he became determined to better the time the following year. In this second attempt he had the offical assistance of the Royal Australian Air Force who tested and maintained the jet engine used on SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA.
    HistoryAfter SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA set the world water speed record in 1977, Warby still wanted another attempt the following year to break the 300 mph barrier - a personal challenge that he felt he could achieve in his boat. So to did the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
    The RAAF proposed that Warby bring SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA to the training base at Forest Hill near Wagga Wagga. Here RAAF apprentices would work on the J34 engines and the boat itself in a hangar on the base which was the site of the only J34 engine test bed in Australia. By assuming responsibility of SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA and the engines, the RAAF had set a new tone to the record attempt. It became a more professional scenario and the apprentices were on hand to assist and celebrate with Warby at Blowering Dam.

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    Photographer: Graeme Andrews

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