It was 1919, the challenge was set – be the first Australian airmen to fly home from England in 30 days. A difficult journey fuelled by bad weather, but by sheer determination and approximately 15,195km later, South Australian Wally Shiers along with Jim Bennett and brothers Ross and Keith Smith became the first Australians to fly home from England in the magnificent Vickers Vimy bomber.
Wally Shiers now rests at Centennial Park.
Join us as we pay tribute to Wally Shiers, the mechanic on board, and the Epic Flight Centenary on his birthday May 17 2019 at 10am.
Further details of the event are to come.
Photo courtesy of History Trust of SA