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The Southern Cross II is well on the way to returning to the air once again. HARS are continuing a major overhaul so as this incredible replication of Australian history will fly for a long time to come. Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith and those brave Australians that created this early aviation history should be remembered for there imput to Australian history.

September 9-10, 1928: First successful trans-Tasman flight: Charles Kingsford Smith and crew in the Southern Cross.

Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith (9 February 1897 – 8 November 1935) 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. On the cockpit of its airplane named "Southern Cross" a Waltham Type A-13.

Charles Kingsford Smith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Southern Cross is the name of the Fokker Trimotor Monoplane which in 1928 was flown by Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew in the first ever trans-Pacific flight to Australia from the mainland United States, about 7,250 miles (11,670 km).

The Southern Cross Plane which was the first to fly across the Tasman in 1928

This is the cockpit of the "Southern Cross", with a Waltham Clock on the right side. The plane is now preserved in a special glass hangar memorial on Airport Drive, near the International Terminal at Brisbane Airport in Queensland, Australia.

In 1928, Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm and two crewmen Harry Lyon and John Warner, left California to fly across the Pacific Ocean to Australia in his Fokker F.VII 3m (Tri-motor) aircraft 'Southern Cross'. With refuelling stops in Hawaii and Fiji, they reached Australia in just over 83 hours of flying time. They landed at Brisbane's Eagle Farm on 9th June and were greeted by over 25,000 excited Australians. This image shows the Southern Cross landing in Brisbane.

Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm and the Southern Cross. Ulm died in 1934 when he was flying to Hawaii. his plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

The crew that crossed the Pacific in 1928 for the first time; (left to right) Harry Lyon, Charles Ulm, Charles Kingsford Smith (pilot), and John Warner. Sir Charles Kingsford Smith MC, AFC (1897 – 1935), made global headlines in 1928, piloting the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia 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.

Fokker F.VII 3m (tri-motor) 'Southern Cross' - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith flew across the Pacific (from the US to Australia) - a first time crossing, and later, a return flight.

Commemorative plaque for the first trans-Pacific flight completed June 9, 1928 by Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm, Harry Lyon (navigator) and James Warner (radio operator) flying the Fokker FVIIB-3M "Southern Cross."

Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm, on landing after the first trans-Pacific flight, Mascot, 10 June 1928. State Lib. of NSW Collection.

Charles Kingsford Smith and crew 1928

Charles Kingsford Smith (1897-1935)