God 'Elp All of Us: The Centenary of Ross & Keith Smith's Epic Flight
In 1919, the South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith and their engineers, James Bennet and Wally Shiers, won the £10,000 prize for the first flight from England to Australia in the largely untried Vickers Vimy aeroplane G-EAOU (dubbed 'God 'Elp All Of Us'). The hazardous journey was completed in 27 days despite bad weather and the lack of instrumentation or radio, using unreliable maps and makeshift landing strips. This courageous feat, portrayed through photographs and memorabilia from the collection of Sir Keith Smith, changed the view of air travel both across the empire and within Australia.
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