Australian aviators Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm made the first trans-Pacific flight in 1928 in an aircraft constructed largely of timber and fabric, the Southern Cross. With Americans Jim Warner as radio operator and Harry Lyon as navigator, they made the trip from Oakland, California, in nine days, facing electrical storms, torrential rain, equipment breakdowns, fuel shortages and the ever-present fear of engine failure. Navigational aids were primitive; contact with the outside world was by Morse code only; safety measures were non-existent. After many close-calls, they landed triumphantly in Brisbane, where a crowd of 15,000 welcomed them as heroes.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Molkentin, Michael
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Publication Date: 01 August 2012
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