Flight 714 to Sydney

Flight 714 to Sydney (1968), is the interrupted voyage, the hijacking which will turn everything upside down, Tintin and his friends' foray into the unknown, in a surreal world highlighted with telepathic phenomena. It is also the incredible contact with extra-terrestrials and the emerging from a dream... or is it a dream? Jakarta, the last stop for the Boeing and flight 714 to Sydney.
Flight 714 to Sydney cover
Flight 714 to Sydney
Flight 714 to Sydney - title page
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A sudden meeting with an old acquaintance (Skut) leads Tintin and his friends to respond favourably to the invitation of the famous billionaire Laszlo Carreidas (the man who never laughs) and to embark on his tri-jet “Carreidas 160”. In spite of themselves, they will be witnesses to the billionaire’s kidnapping.

Dassault or Laszlo...?

One builds aircraft, so does the other. One is known for never laughing, the other is too. One wears a hat, a scarf and glasses, so does the other.
Flight 714 to Sydney - Marcel Dassault is Laszlo Carreidas
Marcel Dassault who inspired the character Laszlo Carreidas
As you understood, there is an obvious resemblance between Laszlo Carreidas and Marcel Dassault. Hergé would certainly have admitted this fact if one had asked him.

Beware of Sani-Cola

This is one of the greatest gags of the album. What makes it unique is that it develops over three pages. The paroxysm is the discovery, by Captain Haddock, of the surprising effects that Sani-Cola – a soda based on chlorophyll made by Laszlo Carreidas – inflicts to plants.
Flight 714 to Sydney - Sani-Cola
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2023

An expert for the Carreidas 160

In Studios Hergé, everyone knew that Roger Leloup was second to none when it came to drawing airplanes. For this reason, Hergé gave to the future “father” of Yoko Tsuno the responsibility to create the Carreidas 160, a supersonic swing-wing tri-reactor. The view of a section published in Tintin magazine revealed to the readers all the secrets of the aircraft.
Flight 714 to Sydney - Carreidas 160
The Carreidas 160 and its technical characteristics

It looks like an astronaute

When the enigmatic statue which swivels to let Tintin and the fugitives escape, had to be created, Hergé used the technique he had experience with the rocket. He had a model built and based on a single picture he possessed. As one can see, this technique is quite successful.
Flight 714 to Sydney - Model of the monumental tilting statue
Model of the monumental tilting statue of the underground temple

By Jove, what a nose!

As they pursue the prisoners they have just lost, Allan and Rastapopoulos finds themselves standing suddenly right in front of a proboscis monkey. A proboscis monkey? This is a large monkey equipped with a particularly impressive nose. That this nose remind Allan of someone he knows? Ok, but that this someone be precisely Rastapopoulos is something else...
Flight 714 to Sydney - Rastapopoulos nose
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2023

Rrrolling the R's...

As the last scientist who will cross paths with Tintn and his friends, Mik Kanrokitoff owes his telepathy and hypnosis knowledge to the particular relationship he maintains with extra-terrestrials.
Flight 714 to Sydney - Jacques Bergier is Mik Ezdanitoff
Jacques Bergier inspires Hergé for the scientist Mik Ezdanitoff
To create this strange individual, Hergé was inspired by Jacques Bergier, a well-respected specialist of paranormal phenomena and who worked with Louis Pauwels for the “Planète” magazine and encyclopedia.

Yef, it if poffible

In Flight 714 to Sydney, Hergé decided to demystify the Adventure with a capital A. The bandits, who look more ridiculous than dangerous, will be the victims of this decision. An example perhaps? The scene during which Rastapopoulos, all scruffy and covered with bumps, throw a big tantrum as, deprived from denture, Allan bursts into a lisp as if there were no tomorrow.
Flight 714 to Sydney - Allan bursts into a lisp
© Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2023
13 reviews
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26/11/2023 16:51 PM
very good intro i recommend this book also because of the wacky plot and funny events. hege is the best!
08/04/2023 12:26 PM
good introduction to the book
12/10/2022 16:05 PM
This is actually a pretty great book! 9.5/10
Would read again!
13/07/2022 20:33 PM
The end is a little weird, but still one of my favorite books...("(
20/04/2022 12:47 PM
i only can say WOW THIS IS AMAZING
18/01/2022 22:35 PM
This was always one of my top favourite Tintin adventures!
29/09/2021 20:29 PM
in Persian:
پرواز شماره 714
25/09/2021 06:42 AM
The first half: normal Tintin adventure.
The second half: TETEPATHY ALIENS UFO WHAAAT~~~ It's awesome!
23/08/2021 03:22 AM
90000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 star review.
13/06/2021 15:11 PM
Flight 714 To Sydney
20/02/2021 04:36 AM
Awierd ending but!
09/01/2021 02:23 AM
This is also one of my faw. It does have it all. Drama, action, mystery, ancient aliens and a terrific story. Also a story of a very rich bur very selfish man (Carreudas) who meets the other very rich but very evil man Rastapopulos. Highly recomended to other people.
06/01/2021 19:29 PM
My favorite book!
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