Wednesday, June 18, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - V for Vickers Vimy

Ross and Keith Smith, together with mechanics Jim Bennett and Wally Shier, flew the Vickers Vimy G-EAOU ("God 'Elp All Of Us") to win the England to Australia air race in 1919. The Australian Government had sponsored the race offering a £10,000 prize to the first All-Australian crew to complete the journey.

The Vickers Vimy was a British heavy bomber developed for the First World War. This plane was fitted with Rolls Royce Eagle engines.

The Smith brothers were both from Adelaide, so it is fitting that a permanent display has been set up at the Adelaide Airport to honour their achievement.

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14 comments:

leslie said...

Very interesting - if my Dad were alive, he'd think this was a fantastic post, having served in the RCAF in WWII .

ellen b. said...

Very nice V post. What a great bit of history!

CaBaCuRl said...

Terrific bit of history, & great choice for V. Also love your other aviation posts, being a bit of a plane nut.My parents live under one of the flight paths for Sydney airport...OMG!!

reader Wil said...

Those early flying machines have always fascinated me. I remember my mother telling that she had flown in a canvas plane from Surabaya to Batavia( now Djakarta). And I always enjoy flying in the small plane from Cairns to Cooktown. It can only have 10 passangers.

babooshka said...

These names always crop up In british pub qiuzzes. Excellent choices and theme.

AphotoAday said...

How interesting -- great photos!

Miss_Yves said...

Amazing post!
Miss Yves

Neva said...

An interesting post. I bet those Rolls Royce engines must have cost a pretty penny even then! I like the last shot....nice v.

Donna said...

Interesting Post!! Thanks!hughugs

RuneE said...

That must have been quite a trip. Must have taken quite bit of time and they must have travelled a fairly complicated route.

Very good V!

mrsnesbitt said...

My FIl was a navigator in the RAF in WW2...amazing cos he could never find his way when we were out anywhere! LOL!

Petunia said...

Interesting post with great photos:)

Petunia's ABC

John said...

As usual great shots and educational post.

Katney said...

Great aviation history. YOu would enjoy the Museum of Flight in Seattle.