The first flight across the world

Celebrating the extraordinary 1919 flight from England to Australia by South Australia’s Smith brothers – and inspiring a new generation.

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The Men Who Made aviation History

Ross and Keith Smith grew up in outback South Australia, learning bush skills that would prove invaluable in the war and in the skies. By the end of World War I, Ross was one of Australia's most decorated airmen, and he'd met two trusty mechanics who knew how to keep the engines roaring and a plane in the air.

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Drive the Epic Flight Centenary Trail

Across Adelaide you’ll find fascinating sites relating to the Smith crew and their epic flight – from the majestic Vickers Vimy at Adelaide Airport to the Sir Ross Smith Memorial outside Adelaide Oval.

There’s a significant pine tree at Lightsview, where the plane landed in 1920, and an exhibition of historic artifacts at the SA Aviation Museum. These sites are now mapped out in an online trail. Enjoy!

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Journey of courage and clever ideas

Ingenuity, courage and human kindness were hallmarks of the first epic flight across the world.

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