50th Anniversary of the Trans-Pacific FlightPrint Page
In 1928 two Australians, Charles Kingsford Smith ('Smithy') and Charles Ulm, became the first to make the 11,585 kilometre flight in the Southern Cross. The Southern Cross took off for Hawaii from California on 31 May 1928, a leg of 27 hours and 25 minutes. The flight attracted worldwide interest. Storms made the flight between Hawaii and Fiji challenging, but the distance was covered in 34 hours and 30 minutes, the furthest non-stop ocean flight on record to that time. The Southern Cross and its crew arrived in Australia to a heroes welcome. A crowd of 15,000 gathered at Brisbane airport on 9 June 1928.
|Address:||Airport Drive, Kingsford Smith Memorial, Brisbane Airport, 4007|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.399444|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||09-June-1928|
|Actual Event End Date:||09-June-1978|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 9th June, 1978|
This plaque presented by the people of Australia commemorates
THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST TRANS PACIFIC FLIGHT
Oakland (USA) - Brisbane , 31st May - 9th June 1928
By C. E (Sir Charles) Kingsford Smith and C T P Ulm in the Southern Cross
H W Lyon (USA ) Navigator J W Warner (USA) Radio Operator
Unveiled by C A Kingsford Smith and J A Ulm 9th June 1978