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Great Air Race Talk - The Start of a Race

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4 Bennett Street

Darwin City, NT 0800

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How wounded airmen, a hot night in Cairo, two horse races and a fire on board a ship led to the Great Air Race.

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The end of the Great War saw thousands of Australian troops, including airmen, keen to get home. At a time when few airfields existed, and aeroplanes were not a common sight, Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes saw the potential of aviation. The offer of a prize turned the trip home into a race. Six Australian and a (non-qualifying) French team embarked on this epic adventure.

Presenters: Ken Lai & Fiona Shanahan.

The Great Air Race Talks are presented by the Darwin Aviation Museum as part of the Great Air Race Centenary program of events, supported by the Northern Territory Government.


Thanks to the Fannie Bay History & Heritage Society, Northern Territory Library, Northern Territory Archives Centre, State Library of South Australia and South Australian Aviation Museum for their assistance with research and materials for the Great Air Race Talks.


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