Alex Kingsford-Smith, the great nephew of Australian hero Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, battled storms and turbulence to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctors Service in this year’s Outback Air Race.
August’s Outback Air Race was a coast-to-coast GPS navigation time trial, which started in Brisbane and ended in Broome. The event is in its 20th year and this year raised more than $500,000 for the RFDS.
Alex is studying a Diploma of Aviation at Box Hill Institute and had only 13 hours solo flying experience before competing in the race on his own.
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was an aviation pioneer, winning the military cross for gallantry in 1918. In 1928 Charles and co-pilot Charles Ulm flew across the Pacific in a world first. Sadly in 1935, Charles and John Thompson Pethybridge were lost when their plane, the Lady Southern Cross, disappeared over the Andaman Sea while they were attempting to break the Australia-to-England flight record.
The Royal Flying Doctors Service has provided 24-hour aero-medical emergency services to people in rural and remote areas of Australia for more than 90 years. It covers 7.69 million square kilometres
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