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The Resource King of the air : the turbulent life of Charles Kingsford Smith, Ann Blainey

King of the air : the turbulent life of Charles Kingsford Smith, Ann Blainey

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King of the air : the turbulent life of Charles Kingsford Smith
Title
King of the air
Title remainder
the turbulent life of Charles Kingsford Smith
Statement of responsibility
Ann Blainey
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Charles Kingsford Smith was the most commanding flyer of the golden age of aviation. In three short years, he broke records with his astounding and daring voyages - the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia, the first circumnavigation around the equator, the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland. He did it all with such courage, modesty and charm that Australia and the world fell in love with him. A tickertape parade was held in his honour on New York's Fifth Avenue. At home, he became a national hero, 'Our Smithy?. Yet his achievements belied a traumatic past. He had witnessed the horror of World War I - first as a soldier at Gallipoli, later as a combat pilot with the Royal Flying Corps - and, like so many of his generation, he bore physical and emotional scars. The public saw the derring-do; only those close to him knew the anxious man who pushed himself to the edge of health and sanity. In November 1935, Kingsford Smith's plane crashed and he was lost at sea near Burma, his body never to be recovered. This brilliant work from one of Australia's foremost biographers reveals the complicated, tumultuous life of a fascinating figure, who pursued his obsession to the greatest heights of fame and catastrophe
Summary
Charles Kingsford Smith was the most commanding flyer of the golden age of aviation. In three short years, he broke records with his astounding and daring voyages: the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia, the first flight across the Tasman, the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland. He did it all with such courage, modesty and charm that Australia and the world fell in love with him. A tickertape parade was held in his honour on New York's Fifth Avenue. At home, he became a national hero, 'Our Smithy'. Yet his achievements belied a traumatic past.
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10740553
Cataloging source
AU@
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1935-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blainey, Ann
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kingsford Smith, Charles
  • Air pilots
  • Aeronautics
  • Air pilots
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the turbulent life of Charles Kingsford Smith
Label
King of the air : the turbulent life of Charles Kingsford Smith, Ann Blainey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000064467886
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 387 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9781760641078
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
Label
King of the air : the turbulent life of Charles Kingsford Smith, Ann Blainey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000064467886
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 387 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9781760641078
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits

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