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).
The flight was likened in its day to Christopher Columbus discovering the New World. Today’s historians say it was significant as man landing on the moon 50 years later. Rediscover this epic journey through sites of significance in South Australia.
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