Sir child kingsford smith

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith

  • Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was born

    Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was born
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    Sir Charles Kingsford Smith

  • Joined the No. 23 Squadron

    Joined the No. 23 Squadron
    He joined the No. 23 Squadron RFC of the Western Front. After he was wounded and shot down, he was awarded the "Military Cross" for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
  • At flight.

    At flight.
    He took off from California with Charles Ulm and two American crewmen in a three-engine Fokker, the Southern Cross. For aircraft of this era it was an immense distance, over water all the way. They flew via Hawaii and Suva to Brisbane, fighting storms and near exhaustion, completing the journey in less than 84 flying hours.
  • Another Flight.

    Another Flight.
    He flew from Australia to England in the recorded time of 12 days and 18 hours.
  • Lost aircraft.

    Lost aircraft.
    The company aircraft "Southern Cloud" went missing with all the passengers and crew.
  • Knighted for aviation

    Knighted for aviation
    He was knighted for his contribution in aviation.
  • Last attempt.

    Last attempt.
    Finally, in 1935, Kingsford Smith disappeared off Burma while attempting yet another record-breaking flight.