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.