The 1919 Air Race captured the imagination of the world. The winning crew – led by South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith – flew their Vickers Vimy from England to Australia in 28 days to claim victory and the Australian Government’s £10,000 prize.

The 1919 Air Race

Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes was flying between England and France for the Paris Peace Conference when he...

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Ross Smith and the Vimy crew

Ross Smith was always the leader, despite being two years younger than his brother (and Vimy navigator) Keith. As...

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The Epic Flight

The weather report in Hounslow, England, was dire on the morning of 12 November 1919: “Totally unfit for all...

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Into Darwin and into history

At precisely 3pm on 10 December 1919, the Vimy touched down on a makeshift air strip near Fannie Bay Gaol. Darwin was...

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Ross Smith’s Adelaide

Keith Smith was employed in the merchandise department at Elder Smith & Co. before the war, and Ross worked in the...

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Legacy and looking forward

The legacy of Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith cannot be underestimated. The epic flight highlighted that a ‘Kangaroo...

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