Ken (Captain) Davenport
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Ken Davenport was born in Canada where he gained his commercial pilot's licence before working as a bush pilot and then had a stint with Gibbes Sepik Airways in PNG before joining Canadian Pacific Airways. He subsequently crossed the Pacific to join Qantas in April 1960.
Ken operated the Lockheed Electra, B707 and all variants of the B747 and the B767. He took delivery of the first Qantas B767 in 1988.
During his long and illustrious career at Qantas, he held many training and management roles including Director of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot from 1985 until 1992. Management pilots were required to step down from their positions at age 55, so Ken returned to line flying on the B744.
He retired from Qantas on 07 January 1996. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1999.
Ken was a very well respected member of the aviation community.