Pioneer Aviator. In 1928, he became the first pilot to fly from the United States to Australia. He made the flight via Honolulu and Fiji aboard the plane Southern Cross in just eight days. Kingsford Smith was also the first to fly non-stop across the Australian mainland and the first to fly between New Zealand and Australia. In 1935 aboard the Lady Southern Cross, he attempted to break the England-Australia speed record while flying overnight from Allahabad, India to Singapore. He encountered typhoon weather during the flight and disappeared with his co-pilot over the Andaman Sea. Eighteen months later on the beaches of Aye Island an undercarriage leg and wheel were recovered by Bermese fisherman. Lockheed later confirmed the plane debris was from the Lady Southern Cross. After examining the plants clinging to the plane debris, botanists estimated the aircraft lies approximately fifteen fathoms below the ocean surface off the coast of Aye Island.
Bio by: Shari Hanson Frey