Vickers Vimy Exhibition

Vickers Vimy Exhibition

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Posted 2023-12-03 by Audreyfollow
History was made when the Vickers Vimy landed in Darwin on 10th December 1919. Four men set out from England's Hounslow aerodrome and flew to Australia in 28 days. They became the first Australians to achieve such a feat, hence claiming the £10,000 Commonwealth Government prize. Aviator brothers Ross and Keith Smith were born in Semaphore and North Adelaide respectively. Sergeant Bennett of Victoria and Sergeant Shiers of South Australia flew with them as mechanics.



The Vickers Vimy was designed as a World War I bomber but never entered active service. It had a 22-metre wingspan and twin 360-horsepower Rolls-Royce Eagle Mark VIII engines. Its fuselage looked like a cigar. Restored, the historic aircraft is now housed on the ground floor of the Adelaide Airport terminal (opposite Atura Hotel). This prized aviation exhibit is open to the public every day between 8am and 8pm. Entry is free. For more information, head to www.adelaideairport.com.au .



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