Charles Kingsford Smith
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Charles Kingsford Smith

Australian Aviator
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Born Feb 9, 1897
Died Nov 8, 1935
Nationality Australian

Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, AFC, often called by his nickname Smithy, was an early Australian aviator. In 1928, he earned global fame when he made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. He also made the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New Zealand, and the first eastward Pacific crossing from Australia to the United States.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1897 Birth Charles Edward Kingsford Smith was born on 9 February 1897 in Hamilton (a suburb of Brisbane), Queensland, Australia, and was the youngest of seven children of William Charles Smith (1852–1930), a bank manager, and Catherine Mary Kingsford (1857–1938), daughter of Richard Ash Kingsford, a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. … Read More
1903 6 Years Old From 1903 to 1907, he and his family lived in Vancouver, Canada. … Read More
1907 10 Years Old On 2 January 1907 young Charles Kingsford Smith was rescued from certain drowning at Sydney's famous Bondi Beach by bathers who, just seven weeks later, were responsible for founding the world's first official surf life saving group at Bondi Beach on 21 February 1907, at a meeting held at the Royal Hotel Bondi Beach.

TEENAGE

1915 18 Years Old …  In 1915, he enlisted for duty in the 1st AIF (Australian Army) and served at Gallipoli.

TWENTIES

1917 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Initially, he performed duty as a motorcycle despatch rider, before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps, earning his pilot's wings in 1917.
1918 - 1919 2 More Events
1921 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Later Kingsford Smith worked as a barnstormer in the United States before returning to Australia in 1921. … Read More
1922 25 Years Old During the First World War, Ken Richards had been the observer in Kingsford Smith's plane in France. Later Richards moved to Cowra, New South Wales. Kingsford Smith owned an old Avro plane and in 1922 flew to Cowra to see his old comrade. … Read More
1923 26 Years Old Kingsford Smith was twice married, first to Thelma Eileen Corboy (1901–1990) on 6 June 1923 at the Marble Bar Registrar's Office in Western Australia. They divorced in 1928.

THIRTIES

In 1928 Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm arrived in the United States and began to search for an aircraft. … Read More
1929 32 Years Old 1 More Event
On 31 March 1929, en route from Sydney to England, the Southern Cross with Kingsford Smith at the helm made an emergency landing on a mudflat near the mouth of the Glenelg River, in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia. … Read More
Collecting his 'old bus', Southern Cross, from the Fokker Aircraft Company in Holland where it had been overhauled, in June 1930 he achieved an east-west crossing of the Atlantic from Ireland to Newfoundland in 31½ hours having taken off from Portmarnock Beach (The Velvet Strand), just north of Dublin. … Read More
1931 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1931 he purchased an Avro Avian he named the Southern Cross Minor, to attempt an Australia to England flight. … Read More
1932 - 1933 2 More Events
1934 37 Years Old In 1934, he purchased a Lockheed Altair, the Lady Southern Cross, with the intention of competing in the MacRobertson Air Race. … Read More
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and co-pilot Tommy Pethybridge were flying the Lady Southern Cross overnight from Allahabad, India, to Singapore, as part of their attempt to break the England-Australia speed record held by C. W. A. Scott and Tom Campbell Black, when they disappeared over the Andaman Sea in the early hours of 8 November 1935. … Read More
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