Image: Many excited spectators behind fences and Police officers waiting for the Vickers Vimy to arrive

Calcutta, India

29 November, 1919

The Smith’s followed the Jumna River through to Benares in this section of the flight, following the railroad to Calcutta the remainder of the way. The landing at a Calcutta brought hoards of locals, which the police had to hold back. On landing, they discovered that Poulet had only recently departed on his way to Akyab. Their take-off was perilous, with two hawks flying into their propeller and their wheels brushing trees during their departure.

With more than half their journey complete, and only 4,000 or so miles left to go, there was concern that if any further complications with the aircraft arose, they would be unable to land in the jungles below to make repairs.