Michael Smith at the Library09 October 2017
Michael Smith became the first person to fly solo around the world in an amphibious plane, retracing the 1938 Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am flying boat routes between Sydney, Southampton and New York. He was recently named the 2016 Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
With limited flying experience, no support team and only basic instruments in his tiny single-engine flying boat, the Southern Sun, Smith risked his life to make modern aviation history. His adventures include an unexpected greeting by Special Branch on his arrival in the UK, a near-death experience while leaving Greenland, and a journey up the Mississippi, landing on the river and sleeping on sandbanks at night. He made 80 stops on his flight around the globe, exploring cities and communities, as well as visiting some 70 cinemas. All along the way Smith was updating his online journal, cheered on by more than 50,000 followers. His historic flight lasted seven months.
Michael Smith will be speaking at Barry O’Keefe Library about his incredible journey. This event will take place on Monday 30 October from 7pm till 9pm. Pre-paid bookings are essential, Adults $10.00, Pensioners/Students $8.00 (passes must be shown). For all enquiries contact the Library on 9978-4091, or book online at Mosman Events.