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The proposed Itinerary

Stops have been determined by three factors
  1. Stops on the original route
  2. Historic points not used in 1919 that have an interest in history.
  3. Availability of fuel, overnight accomodation etc
  4. Local enthusaism to participate.
Thel ast factor is the most important!:

 

Planning this itinerary is not easy, but the route below seems to be the best option. Exact timing is still being worked out and of course will be  but the journey will take about a fortnight.

·       The key date is arrival in Adelaide on Saturday 21 March, with an event to be planned on Sunday 22 March, This journey is well over 3.000 nautical miles in length, and almost all aircraft will fly under VFR.  Time for rest and relaxation en route will also allow for catching up on time lost due to weather.

·   The itinerary assumes that aircraft will cruise at about 120 knots, but we hope that slower aircraft can also participate, perhaps by leaving early, arriving late, taking shorter routes or catching up during spare days.

A publicity booklet is availabe from ahsanswsmithflight@gmail.com or phone 0403 615 134 You can print your own from this page.

    

 

DAY

ROUTE

ARRIVAL DATE

NM

NOTES

1

Darwin to Daly Waters

Sunday
8/03/20

200

Lead aircraft depart Darwin 0900 and fly to Emkaytee airfield for fly-in and departure for Daly Waters. Options: stop at Katherine (Tindal RAAF), overfly Warlock Ponds (Elsey)

Alternatives for slow aircraft available: day 2 is very long!

2

Daly Waters to Cloncurry

Monday
9/03/20

555

Stops – AACo stations Anthony Lagoon, Brunette Downs and Avon Downs

3

Cloncurry to Longreach

Tuesday
10/03/20

270

Evening at QANTAS Heritage Museum

4

Longreach to Charleville

Wednesday
11/03/20

235

Visits to local attractions and evening meal with interested people

5

Charleville to Caboolture

Thursday
12/03/20

368

Visits to local attractions and evening meal with interested people

Day 6: Friday 13/3/20: full day at Caboolture, (TAVAS Museum) various options

7

Caboolture to Narromine

Saturday
14/03/20

594

Via Bourke (otherwise 444 NM),

Day 8:   Sunday 15/3/20 day at Narromine

9

Narromine to Wollongong (HARS)

Monday 16/03/20

265

Via Richmond or Luskintyre, then V1 to HARS Albion Park. Landing at Rose Bay by seaplanes if practicable

Day 10: Tuesday 17/03/20 day at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society museum etc

10

HARS to Cootamundra

Wednesday 18/03/20

203

via Temora to visit Australian Aviation Museum

11

Cootamundra to Benalla

Thursday 19/3/20

250

Henty optional stop

12

Benalla to ‘Little River’ airstrips (full journey participants) or Lilydale

Friday
20/03/20

Visit to Point Cook Museum

13

Melbourne airfields to Adelaide (Gawler)

Saturday 21/03/20

445

Nhill as staging point fuel etc and visit Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre

14

Adelaide

Sunday 22/03/20

Gawler to Aldinga fly-in to culminate flight

Day 15 Monday 23 March: Exactly 100 years since the arrival of the Smith Flight: visit to South Australian Aviation Museum and possible event eg at Adelaide airport if desired.