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Flight to Fame: Victory in the 1919 Great Air Race, England to Australia

Flight to Fame: Victory in the 1919 Great Air Race, England to Australia (Paperback)

By Smith, Ross
Edited by Monteath, Peter

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Flight to Fame, a classic adventure story, tells the hair-raising tale of the world-first flight from England to Australia, in the words of the pilot, (Sir) Ross Smith. In March 1919, Australia's prime minister announced a prize of GBP10,000 for the first successful flight from G...reat Britain to Australia in under 30 days. Late that same year, the victorious pilots, Ross and Keith Smith, landed in Darwin to international acclaim. The New York Times gushed: 'Captain Ross Smith has done a wonderful thing for the prestige of the British Empire. He must be hailed as the foremost living aviator.' Their achievement was the forerunner to the age of international air travel. During the race, Ross and his brother Keith (his co-pilot and navigator) wrote in their diaries daily, recording the journey of their four-man crew in their Vickers Vimy G-EAOU twin-engine plane, its open cockpit exposing them to snow, sleet, hail and unbearable heat. Originally published as 14,000 Miles Through the Air (1922), Ross Smith's book recounts their danger-ridden, record-breaking journey - a mere 16 years after the Wright brothers first defied gravity for just a few seconds. This richly illustrated edition, published to coincide with the flight's centenary, is introduced and edited by historian Peter Monteath.
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ISBN 9781743056400
Published AU 20 May 2019
Publisher Wakefield Press
Format Paperback
35 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781743056400
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Wakefield Press
Imprint Wakefield Press
Published 20 May 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Smith, Ross
Edited by Monteath, Peter
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Geographical Discovery & Exploration
Number of Pages 180
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 10mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 300g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Airplane racing - Australia - History, Airplane racing - England - History, Smith, Ross
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade