Aviators - Charles Kingsford Smith

Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith - Smithy - was an early Australian aviator. Among many achievements, he and Charles Ulm made the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New Zealand, the first flight from the USA to Australia in 1928 and a record England-Australia flight. Attempting to break the England-Australia speed record with co-pilot Tommy Pethybridge, they disappeared between India and Singapore on 8 November 1935 never to be found.
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Charles Kingsford Smith with Charles Ulm taken just after their record-breaking trans-Pacific flight, 1928. This would be one of five record-breaking flights Smithy would complete in 1928.

Charles Kingsford Smith with Charles Ulm taken just after their record-breaking trans-Pacific flight, 1928. This would be one of five record-breaking flights Smithy would complete in 1928.

Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm and Bob Hitchcock round Australia flight. In June 1927, they completed their first big flight, a round-Australia circuit in 10 days, 5 hours, a notable achievement with minimal navigational aids.

Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm and Bob Hitchcock round Australia flight. In June 1927, they completed their first big flight, a round-Australia circuit in 10 days, 5 hours, a notable achievement with minimal navigational aids.

Southern Cross landing.

Southern Cross landing.

Charles Thomas Phillipe Ulm – Australian Army.

Charles Thomas Phillipe Ulm – Australian Army.

Young Charles with Mother Clare.

Young Charles with Mother Clare.

Lady Southern Cross.

Lady Southern Cross.

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