Life Magazine | 1970

An Australian Stowaway.

Posted on September 16, 2012

An incredible image captured in 1970 by amateur photographer John Gilpin.

Testing a new camera lens he was snapping shots of aeroplanes during take off near Sydney Airport. It wasn’t until he’d later developed his film he realised he’d unwittingly captured the 200ft plunge of a stowaway.

The stowaway was 14 year old Australian Keith Sapsford. He had climbed aboard the Japan Airlines Tokyo bound flight unnoticed, and either slipped, jumped from fright, or had been dislodged by moving equipment.

His father reportedly said “All my son wanted to do was see the world”.

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  1. ddos vps August 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks for finally talking about it; Loved it!

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