What a Story!

© Jim Low

On the morning of May 31, 1928, the three-engined Southern Cross began the first successful flight across the Pacific Ocean from Oakland airport, San Francisco, on the west coast of the United States of America, to Australia. On board were two Australian pilots, Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm, as well as two Americans, the radio operator James Warner and the navigator Harry Lyon.

A year before, Kingsford-Smith and Ulm had been successful in flying around Australia in a record time of ten days. Continue reading “What a Story!”

2. Kingsford-Smith and the Southern Cross Trans-Pacific Ocean Flight

Here’s the second episode. It looks at the 1928 Pacific Ocean Crossing led by Charles Kingsford Smith in the Southern Cross aeroplane. Hear about some of the difficulties faced together with a description by Smithy himself. Listen to some personal memories of Jim’s late father as he describes seeing Smithy’s plane fly low over his head.

The featured song is From Oakland to Brisbane.