Flying the Southern Cross

In one of aviation’s greatest achievements, Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm made the first trans-Pacific flight in 1928 – in the Southern Cross, an aircraft made mostly of timber and fabric.

In this new National Library of Australia publication Flying the Southern Cross, historian Michael Molkentin gives a fresh perspective on their remarkable achievement.

Drawing on the National Library’s collection, including Kingsford Smith and Ulm’s original flight logs, newspaper reports, photographs and official documents, Flying the Southern Cross tells the real story of their flight as never before.

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