Capt. Charles Kingsford-Smith, Harbour Grace, Pacific Ocean, Suva, Southern Cross
The Southern Cross, the three-engine Fokker VII-3m made the first crossing of the Pacific Ocean from Oakland, California to Brisbane, Australia via Honolulu and Suva, Fiji in a flying time of 83 hours 38 minutes in May 1928. Australians, Capt. Charles Kingsford-Smith and C T P Ulm flew it. It??s pictured here at Portmarnock Beach, Ireland prior to shortly before becoming the second aircraft to make a non-stop east to west crossing of the Atlantic. It left at 4.25am on 24 June 1930, landing at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland after a somewhat difficult flight of 31 hours. Further record flights were made by Kingsford-Smith who subsequently received a Knighthood in 1932.P004008 *** Local Caption *** 4science - Academic / Education - 25/02/2010
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