For people interested in joining the proposed Darwin to Adelaide flight approx. 10 -23 March 2020.

Please  send your contact details, questions or comments direct to ahsanswsmithflight@gmail.com

Thanks for your interest. We are at an early stage of planning for this flight across Australia to celebrate the Australian section of the flight of the Smith brothers and crew and your early interest is very encouraging!

We are planning to arrive in Adelaide on Saturday 22 March; the various aero clubs, the History Trust and philatelic groups will arrange a major event on the following day and there may be some event on 23 March marking the actual 100th anniversary of the Smith’s arrival.

To make things clear:

We (Aviation Historical Society of Australia, NSW Inc) are liaising with as many relevant people as possible with a view to facilitating a flight by light and historic aircraft from Darwin to Adelaide. This involves cooperation of many organisations along the route as well as aviaton groups. We have no resources to support participants or en route events. We have been working on this since March 2018 and are encouraged by the results. There is enough progress to make it possible to make a formal announcement on December 10 that the project will go ahead.

We seek everybody's help in publicising this event. We also hope to attract the attention of media people and ideally sponsors to cover the cost of all-weather escort aircraft.

Participating aircraft fly at their own expense and accept responsibility for safe flying.

AHSA will provide an itinerary that has been cooperatively determined (latest draft below). Also it is hoped that a flight co-ordinator will travel with the flight and that each leg of the flight will be cooperatively planned by the participants, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the pilot of each aircraft. It is important that safety is of the highest priority, not only for obvious reasons but because this event will put light and historic aircraft in the public eye.

AHSA will endeavour to publish a full account of the flight, recognising all participating aircraft, and also recognising the cooperative efforts that will go into any successful event. A statement of participation, suitable for putting in the log book, will also be provided to each aircraft. But basically you are participating for the fun of it and for the pleasure of recognising this important historical occasion in the company of other aircraft and like-minded people.

The final route for March 2020 flight (as at 20 October 2019)

The major parts of this are fully agreed ‘in principle’ but there is a lot of work to be done to firm in the detail. Informal approaches have been very promising. While it is (just!) possible for us to operate without local help, we appreciate people who can assist aviators when they arrive at an airfield, and most places have indicated that it is easy to arrange a common place for eating the evening meal where interested local people can join the travellers. We will also have to alert accommodation providers and assist the aviators with bookings etc. This will be fully worked out in coming months. The enthusiasm of the en route hosts is truly inspiring.

DAY

ROUTE

ARRIVAL DATE

NM

NOTES

1

Darwin to Daly Waters

(YPDN to YDLW)

Sunday
8/03/20

200

Stop at Katherine (Tindal RAAF) (YPTN), overfly Warlock Ponds (Elsey)

Possible alternatives for slow aircraft: short cuts in route below or south to Tennant Creek, then Barkly Roadhouse, Mt Isa, Camooweal, Cloncurry to be investigated

2

Daly Waters to Cloncurry (YCCY)

Monday
11/03/20

555

Stops – AACo stations Anthony Lagoon (YANL), Brunette Downs (YBRU) and Avon Downs (YAVD). These were significant Smith overnight stops

3

Cloncurry to Longreach (YLRE)

Tuesday
12/03/20

270

After-lunch departure from Cloncurry: Morning at John Flynn Museum etc Cloncurry

Evening at QANTAS Heritage Museum

4

Longreach to Charleville (YBCV)

Possible SOTA (School of the Air) visit

Wednesday
13/03/20

235

After lunch departure from Longreach: Morning at QANTAS Museum, Stockman’s Hall of fame etc

5

6

Charleville to Caboolture (YCAB)

Thursday
14/03/20
Friday
14/3/20

368

After-lunch departure from Charleville; Morning at RFDS hangar, US base etc

Day for Brisbane events

Possible short cut from Caboolture direct to Richmond slow aircraft tba

7

8

Caboolture to Narromine (YNRM)

Saturday
15/03/20
Sunday
16/3/20

594

Via Bourke (YBKE) (otherwise 444 NM), late arrival

Sunday event at Narromine

9

Narromine to Wollongong (HARS) (YWOL) This is its current designation, it will shortly change to YSHL

Monday 16/03/20

265

Via rail line, stage at Richmond (YSRI)  then V1 to HARS Albion Park (YWOL)

Landing at Rose Bay (YRAY) by amphibians and flying boats tba

10

HARS to Cootamundra (YCTM)

Tuesday 17/03/20

203

Mittagong (YMIG), Goulburn (YGLB) Harden (YHAE) or Temora (YCTM) possible en route to Cootamundra YCTM

11

Cootamundra to Melbourne (YMEN) This is the designator for Essendon

Wednesday 18/03/20

250

Henty (No code for Henty) definite, Benalla (YBLA) a staging point and departure point for direct flight to Gawler (YGAW) via Nhill (YNHL), Saturday 21/3/20

12

Melbourne

 Thursday 19.03/20

 

 Contingency days and Melbourne events

13

Melbourne

 Friday
20/03/20

 

 Melbourne events

Darwin to Adelaide aircraft land at private airfields in the Little Plain area, others at Essendon or elsewhere, eg stage at Benalla and fly to Nhill / Gawler on Saturday. Also this is an option for slower aircraft. Details tba

14

Point Cook (YMPC) to– Adelaide (Gawler)

Possible mass take-off of Darwin-Adelaide aircraft plus Point Cook Aero Club and other

Saturday 21/03/20

445

Nhill tba as staging point fuel etc

15

Adelaide

Sunday 22/03/20

Adelaide event Gawler to Aldinga (YADG)