Kingsford-Smith and Ulm

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Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

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In 1928 the Australians, Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm, were the first to fly across the Pacific from America to Australia. Their plane, the ‘Southern Cross’, is probably best known for this historic flight but between 1928 and 1935 it also crossed the Tasman for the first time, broke the Australia to England record in 12 days 21 hours, and flew numerous times across Australia.

The ‘Southern Cross’ was a Dutch Fokker fitted with three Wright Whirlwind engines. Smith and Ulm had bought...

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