The 1919 Air Race captured the imagination of the world. The winning crew – led by South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith – flew their Vickers Vimy from England to Australia in 28 days to claim victory and the Australian Government’s £10,000 prize.

Ross Smith

The New York Times hailed Ross Smith as the world's "foremost living aviator" after he completed the awe-inspiring...

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Keith Smith

Keith Smith was the only member of the Smith crew not to serve with No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, during...

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Jim Bennett

Melbourne-born James Mallett (Jim) Bennett was five years younger than fellow Vimy mechanic Wally Shiers and only 25 at...

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Wally Shiers

Adelaide-born Walter Henry (Wally) Shiers was the oldest of the four Smith crew members and one of a dozen Shiers...

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The 1919 Air Race

Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes was flying between England and France for the Paris Peace Conference when he...

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The Vickers Vimy

The Vickers Vimy was designed as a strategic bomber to attack German cities, but arrived too late to enter active...

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