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First trans-Pacific filight to Australia...



Item # 641367

June 9, 1928

THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 9, 1928 

* 1st Trans-pacific airplane flight ends
* Southern Cross monoplane to Australia

* Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith 

The top of the front page has a three column headline: "FLIERS LAND IN AUSTRALIA FROM FIJI; BATTLE STORMS TO BRIDGE PACIFIC" with subheads. (see) Lengthy 1st report coverage continues on page 4 with related map.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 36 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. A few small binding slits along spine, nice condition.

wikipedia notes: At 8:54 am on 31 May 1928, Kingsford Smith and his crew left Oakland, California to make the first trans-Pacific flight to Australia. The flight was in three stages. The first (from Oakland to Hawaii) was 2,400 miles, took 27 hours 25 minutes and was uneventful. They then flew to Suva, Fiji 3,100 miles away, taking 34 hours 30 minutes. This was the toughest part of the journey as they flew through a massive lightning storm near the equator. They then flew on to Brisbane in 20 hours, where they landed on 9 June after approximately 7,400 miles total flight. On arrival, Kingsford Smith was met by a huge crowd of 25,000 at Eagle Farm Airport, and was feted as a hero. Australian aviator Charles Ulm was the relief pilot, and the other two crew members were Americans James Warner and Captain Harry Lyon (who were the radio operator, navigator and engineer).

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