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INTERNATIONAL NEWS PHOTOS INC.; [KINGSFORD SMITH, Charles, Sir, 1897-1935]

Charles Kingsford Smith and crew of the Southern Cross before the east-west crossing of the Atlantic, June 1930.

Press photograph, silver gelatin print, 200 x 250 mm, unmounted; verso with wet stamp of International News Photos Inc., and typed caption label: ‘Portmarnock, Ireland. Left to right, Capt. J.P. Saul, navigator, Captain Charles Kingsford-Smith, pilot, M.E. Van Dyk, assistant pilot, and J.W. Stannage, wireless operator of the plane “Southern Cross”, pictured just before their hop off bound for New York on a westward crossing of the Atlantic’; in good condition.

In June 1930 the Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith made an east-west crossing of the Atlantic from Ireland to Newfoundland in 31½ hours, in his plane, the Southern Cross. After receiving an enthusiastic public welcome New York, he flew the Southern Cross on to Oakland, California, completing a circumnavigation of the world that had begun in 1928.