This is a plane which made history thirty nine years ago. The old Vickers Vimy?
This is a plane which made history thirty nine years ago. The old Vickers Vimy bomber in which Australian pioneers Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith made the first flight ever from England to Australia. Looking somewhat ungainly by modern standards, the old plane is given an honoured resting place at Adelaide airport. Adelaide was the home city of the famous Smith Brothers, and now the Vickers Vimy serves as a memorial to them and their crew. Ten thousand people gather near a glads display hangar for the official opening of the memorial.
An aerial salute, and then Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams unveils a monument to the fliers. Adding his tribute to the memory of the Smith Brothers is Sir Thomas Playford, South Australia's Premier.
Sir Keith Smith's widow - Lady Smith - is in this group among the guests. The only surviving member of the original four-man crew Sergeant W.H. Shiers was also present at the ceremony. The memorial costing about thirty-thousand pounds was built from the proceeds of an Australia-wide fund. The large display hangar has been designed to catch the eye of all visitors and travellers at Adelaide airport. A memorial to preserve aviation history.