The National Library Magazine

Our quarterly magazine
September 2012

The National Library Magazine coverOn the cover:

Before embarking on the first trans- Pacific flight in 1928, Southern Cross (Fokker F.VII) had belonged to the renowned Australian explorer George Wilkins, who had used it during an abortive Arctic expedition in 1926.

Constructed largely of timber and fabric, the aircraft was specially fitted out for the trans-Pacific flight. In the event of an emergency, the aircraft’s 22-metre-long plywood wing could be used as a giant life raft. Inside the wing was a special compartment that contained rations, a water distiller and a wireless set. Find out more about Southern Cross and the record-breaking flight from California to Queensland in this article.



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