SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH IS ONE OF AUSTRALIA′S MOST LOVED HEROES
In an action-packed life, the indomitable ′Smithy′ went from fighting as a soldier amid the carnage of Gallipoli and the Western Front to taking to the skies against the likes of the Red Baron - for which he won the Military Cross for gallantry - before becoming the greatest peacetime aviator of his generation.
Along with Charles Ulm, he was the first to conquer the Pacific by air, the first to fly across the Tasman Sea, the fastest to fly from England to Australia, and
the first pilot to circumnavigate the globe by crossing the equator.
With typical flair, FitzSimons also tells the story of several breakthroughs, some made in Australia, which laid the foundation for the Wright brothers′ success in 1903; the first flight across the Channel in 1908; Germany′s Red Baron terrorising the Allies in 1917-18, before being shot down by an Australian; Ross and Keith Smith′s first flight from England to Australia in 1919; the formation of Qantas in 1921; Lindbergh′s stunning vault between America and Europe in 1927; the Great Centenary Air Race; the loss of the Southern Cloud; the saga of Bert Hinkler and much, much, more . . .
About The Author
Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is the author of nearly twenty books - including Tobruk and biographies of Nancy Wake, Kim Beazley, Nene King, Nick Farr-Jones, Steve Waugh and John Eales - and was Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer in 2001 and 2004.
For Ages: 14 - 15 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 10th August 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5 x 5.0
Weight (kg): 0.97