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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.

Aviators - Charles Kingsford Smith

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Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm, by Sir William Dargie

National Portrait Gallery, Portrait 2 - The Wonder Years


Charles Kingsford Smith

Charles Kingsford Smith

Lady Southern Cross

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.


Map of the Kingsford Smith mail run.

Southern Cross

Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain PG Taylor arrive in Honolulu.

Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain PG Taylor flew from Fiji to Honolulu in October 1934 in the Lady Southern Cross. Here they go over the flight chart.

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.

Charles Thomas Phillipe Ulm – Australian Army.

Charles Ulm

With Charles Ulm.

With Crew.

Imperial Airways.

Charles Kingsford Smith

Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm after their Pacific flight.

Lady Southern Cross.

Charles Kingsford Smith with parents.

Young Charles with Mother Clare.

Charles Kingsford Smith age 16.

Charles Kingsford Smith