Four flight crew members standing in front of the large bi-plane

Hounslow, England

12 November, 1919

South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith, along with mechanics James ‘Jim’ Bennett and Wally Shiers, take off from Hounslow Aerodrome, England, in their Vickers Vimy machine. Their journey to Australia had begun. You can read Sir Ross Smith’s personal account of the race in The National Geographic Magazine by clicking here.

The Smith crew with supporters shortly before departing Hounslow Aerodrome in 1919. SLSA PRG 1701/1/1

Hounslow Heath today. Photo: Lainie Anderson