Flying the Southern Cross

Michael Molkentin

Australian aviators Charles Ulm and Charles Kingsford Smith made the first trans-Pacific flight in 1928 in the Southern Cross, an aircraft constructed largely of timber and fabric. Throughout this extraordinary journey of electrical storms, torrential rain, equipment breakdowns and the ever-present fear of engine failure, Charles Ulm kept a logbook in which he recorded his raw impressions of this historic flight.

Using logbook entries and other documents, Michael Molkentin gives a gripping account of the flight and its aftermath, and brings to life the airmen who flew the Southern Cross.

Soft cover, photographs and colour illustrations, 212 pages.

Flying the Southern Cross
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