Great Air Race Talk - The Start of a Race

Saturday, 5 October, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Event Details

  • Date
    Saturday, 5 October, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Location
    Northern Territory Library, Parliament House, Darwin
  • Cost
Group of men

The end of the Great War saw thousands of Australian troops, including airmen, keen to get home. At a time when few airfields existed, and aeroplanes were not a common sight, Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes saw the potential of aviation. The offer of a prize turned the trip home into a race. Six Australian and a (non-qualifying) French team embarked on this epic adventure.

Presented by Ken Lai and Fiona Shanahan from Darwin Aviation Museum, Great Air Race – The Start of a Race is part one of a five-part series of Great Air Race Talks, celebrating the centenary of the Great Air Race.

Great Air Race Talks - Full Program
Sat 05 OctThe Start of a RaceNorthern Territory Library
Wed 16 OctPreparing for ArrivalsMuseum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Sat 26 Oct A Flight Less OrdinaryNorthern Territory Library
Thur 31 OctHow the Race was WonNorthern Territory Archives Centre
Sat 9 Nov How the Race Changed our WorldMuseum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

This event is held at the Northern Territory Library inside Parliament House, 4 Bennett St, Darwin. 

Image: The Smith Brothers, Bennett and Shiers with their converted Vickers Vimy just before take-off at Hounslow Heath, 1919: State Library of South Australia B58877