From the moment Sir Ross Smith and his crew departed Hounslow, newspaper articles around the world were able to report on his progress, thanks to the cable service.
You are invited to join in on the thrills and drama of Ross Smith’s historic flight (the first ever flight to journey half way across the world) by reading original 1919 newspaper clippings.
We have traced over 1800 separate newspaper articles from November 10 1919 to December 20 1919. Due to time restrictions we can’t re-print all of them (as much as we would love to!). We have thus condensed some of the news articles to make it easier for you to read and follow the journey!
Over the next 12-15 months we will update the site with many, many more of these historic articles. While there were news articles published in various languages, for the sake of maintaining historical accuracy we will only be reproducing English articles.
First Newspaper Clipping:
Two cables from London on November 11th were included in the November 13 1919 edition of The Sydney Sun. They were compiled into one article with the title:
The Great Flight
Capt. Ross Smith Starts
Machine Behaves Perfectly
“The weather has moderated and the Australian airmen are busy. Captain Ross Smith flew to Hounslow from Weybridge in readiness to depart at 8 o’clock tomorrow. His Vickers Vimy machine behaved perfectly though it was fully loaded, accomplishing the seven-mile journey to Hounslow in ten minutes. The machine looks workable and it is magnificently equipped. The Pilots sit in front and the mechanics behind”.
Before they left London, “The Sun” and the “Melbourne Herald”, arranged for the Vickers Vimy crew to cable them an exclusive story from each stopover, so that readers could closely follow the adventures of the Darwin aviators! “Our latest message today records that the Vickers Vimy crew left for France at 9 o’clock on Wednesday morning and should by this time be well on the way. The main point is that the Great flight to Australia has now commenced and the next few weeks will be crowded with intense interest for all of us, for amongst other pressing problems which this flight should solve, is whether this Commonwealth of ours is open to attack by air from Asia”.