Monday, July 18, 2016

from the library: "The Old Bus" by Charles Kingsford Smith

But nothing to do with buses; a book by a major pioneering figure in Australasian aviation; Sydney airport is named after him.

"Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, AFC (9 February 1897 – 8 November 1935), often called by his nickname Smithy, was an early Australian aviator. In 1928, he earned global fame when he made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. He also made the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New Zealand, and the first eastward Pacific crossing from Australia to the United States. He also made a flight from Australia to London, setting a new record of 10.5 days."


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