Thursday, August 13, 2009

#188-365 Monument or Memorial

This is difficult as there are so many meritorious monuments that qualify, so as is my want, I thought that I would bring one in from left field, This is the Southern Cross aircraft Flown by one of Australias greatest Pioneer Aviators Sir Charles Kingsford Smith affectionately known as "Smithy"! The aircraft id housed under ideal conditions in a purpose built memorial at Brisbane Airport.
He and his Co-Pilot Charles Ulm (Who did not know how to fly at that time) along with navigator Harry Lyon and wireless operator James Warner flew this plane from the United States to Australia, arriving at Brisbane's Eagle Farm (Current Airport) on 9 June 1928, compared to the small flight across the Altlantic, this was a real flight. He is a true Australian Icon along with Sir Don Bradman (The Miracle Cricketing Batsman) and Phar Lap (Actually born in New Zealand).

9 comments:

~Val said...

A fine choice of memorials, and a great photo to boot. Thanks for another fascinating tale!

Chesney said...

From left field, hmmmm........we would have never guessed that! LOL What an interesting image - so much going on, very nice!

Pysen73 said...

Did they fly all that way in THAT??
Brave.. ;o)
Very nice picture and interesting story!

boomer3297 said...

I wonder what it was like to fly in something like that? Nice shot, HDR?

Clara said...

Thanks for this great story, Ron. I always have to go and read more about the people you introduce us to.

ellens365 said...

Looks so smallto go so very far, nice image. Your processing makes it look like a postcard.

lijola said...

The co-pilot didn't know how to fly? Bet he learned pretty quickly! Great story and photo.

klsbear said...

That's a long way to fly such a little plane! I bet they needed to stretch their legs a bit when they landed.

MevetS said...

Neat story and image.