Transport: Back-Track

Few hours after the start of the Milden-hall-to-Melbourne Air Race three weeks ago Air Commodore Sir Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith, Australia's No. 1 airman, took off from Brisbane for California. Had he finished the flight the day Britons Scott & Black reached Melbourne, he would have shared their world headlines. As it was, he and his Lockheed Altair, Lady Southern Cross, did not reach their destination until last week.

Critics charged Kingsford-Smith with trying to set up a "counter-attraction" to the main show. Replied...

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