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Day 63: 13 February: Bourke to Narromine: (370 km)

The facts from 14000 miles… are take-off from Bourke 9 am, arrival at Narromine at noon, distance 360 km. They followed the Warrego River.

After landing and partaking of refreshments, Sir Ross Smith was officially welcomed by Councillor Bishop, the Mayor, Councillor Scott, in the absence of Councillor Aldgay, the president of the Dubbo, Kefford (?) and Trangie Progress Association, and Mr Macdonald, of the Returned Soldiers League. Sir Ross Smith referred to the credit that was due to Sergeant Bennett and Sergeant Shiers, the mechanics. In the evening a banquet was held to welcome the airmen.

Bourke and Narromine did not have newspapers and their arrival at these places were covered only by short articles telegraphed to the major cities. Most stories were related to the anticipated arrival in Sydney.

Narromine now has a wonderful air museum, a centerpiece being a flying replica of the Wright Flyer, the first aircraft to fly. Peter Kierath, of the Narromine museum, says that the Vimy was surrounded by a ring of empty beer bottles drunk during its overnight stay. The event would have been of major significance, but so far it is not well recorded. It is hoped that the coming commemorations will uncover many new facts about the journey and their visits to these towns.

There is not a lot of information about the Narromine stopover, and more may become available. There is a mention of the stopover here.

The aircraft followed the railway line wherever convenient, not just for ease of navigation but also so as to fly over as many towns as possible.