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Charles Kingsford Smith, Hawera; PH2012.0095

Charles Kingsford Smith, Hawera; PH2012.0095
Charles Kingsford Smith, Hawera
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Charles Kingsford Smith welcomed into Hawera.

Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, AFC (9 February 1897 – 8 November 1935), often called by his nickname Smithy, was an early Australian aviator. In 1928, he earned global fame when he made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. He also made the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New Zealand, and the first eastward Pacific crossing from Australia to the United States. He also made a flight from Australia to London, setting a new record of 10.5 days. Information courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Kingsford_Smith

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Kingsford Smith visit to Hawera

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