“Battling Ray Parer” & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race

Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith with their mechanics Jim Bennett and Wally Shiers famously won the first England to Australia Air Race in 1919. They completed this record-breaking flight in 27 days and 20 hours to become the first men to ever complete such a flight and claim the £10,000 prize offered by the Australian Government… Read More “Battling Ray Parer” & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race

Ross & Keith Smith Vickers Vimy & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race

At the Adelaide Airport in South Australia is possibly one of the cities best hidden aviation treasures. In an obscure and almost forgotten location down near the airport long-term parking, sits the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith War Memorial building (established 1958). Inside is the immaculate looking World War One era Vickers Vimy IV G-EAOU (dubbed “God ‘Elp All Of Us“). Vickers… Read More Ross & Keith Smith Vickers Vimy & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race