Len Taplin was a war ace with 14 victories, a Distinguished Flying Cross winner, one of Australia’s first airline pilots, and just maybe the world’s first low-cost or budget passenger.
In 1921 Leonard Taplin signed up as a pilot with Sir Norman Brearley’s Western Australian Airways to operate Australia’s first airline service from Geraldton to Derby via most north-west towns.
On one occasion, Mr. Taplin needed to get from Broome to Pt Hedland to keep an engagement with Norah Kain, his bride-to-be.
However, the arrival of a last-minute passenger meant he would miss the date.
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