In 1920, the Australian states of Queensland and Northern Territory lent their names to a new airline that would grow to be, 85 years later, one of the premier air transportation companies in the world. Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd., or Qantas, was formed in the years after World War I to serve the vast reaches of the Outback. It was the very nature of this regionthe huge distances between towns, the sparse network of rudimentary roads, the few railheads, the harsh ...

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