The year was 1919. The war was finally over. Prime Minister Billy Hughes offered £10,000 for the first Australian airmen to fly home from England in 30 days. Six crews took up the challenge in planes that were as rudimentary as they were unreliable. And who won? South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith, backed by mechanics Wally Shiers (SA) and Jim Bennett (Vic).
In 2019, we celebrate the men, the plane and the centenary of a journey as awe-inspiring as the moon landing 50 years later. For further information about this incredible story, the 2019 calendar of events and education resources, visit our website: www.epicflightcentenary.com.au.
If you would like to donate to a project fund that will help realise some of our events, please donate here.