In the one hundred years since the first flight from London to Darwin, aerospace technology has made enormous strides. In 2019, the major challenges our fragile planet faces are very different from those confronting early aviators.
By showcasing low pollution, electrically-powered and innovative, highly efficient aircraft in the Great Air Race, we aim to celebrate a century of achievement by engineers, designers, and aircraft constructors. We will together, usher in the next century of quiet, environmentally friendly aviation.
The concept for this race originated with Australian pioneer aviator, adventurer and businessman Dick Smith AC. Although the present race format differs in several important respects from Dick’s original idea, the inspiration is clear.
Prior to 1919, no aircraft had flown the vast distances necessary to reach the other side of the globe. The challenge the 2019 event poses is very similar: are electric aircraft ready to tackle that same route?