The first flight across the world

Celebrating the extraordinary 1919 flight from England to Australia by South Australia’s Smith brothers – and inspiring a new generation.

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The Epic Flight Centenary Schools Competition

To celebrate the epic flight, we’re asking students to get inspired and get creative! There are limited-edition medallions and hundreds of vintage badges to be won. The competition is open to all South Australian school students in years R-10, and entries can be anything from creating your own board game or TV news report, to building a model plane or painting a picture.

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Drive the Epic Flight Centenary Trail

Across Adelaide you’ll find fascinating sites relating to Sir Ross Smith and the epic flight – from the majestic Vickers Vimy at Adelaide Airport to the Sir Ross Smith Memorial outside Adelaide Oval.

There’s a significant pine tree at Lightsview, where the plane landed in 1920, and an exhibition of historic artifacts at the SA Aviation Museum. These sites are now mapped out on an online trail. Enjoy!

See the trail on the SA History Hub

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Journey of courage and clever ideas

Ingenuity, courage and human kindness were hallmarks of the first epic flight across the world.

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