Airways Museum Open Day 2019
Open Day

Eleven Thousand Miles to Australia: Vimy G-EAOU in the Great 1919 England-Australia Air Race
is the theme of a new photographic exhibition to be unveiled at the 2019 Open Day at the Airways Museum on Sunday 24 November 2019.

This year is the centenary of the great 1919 England-Australia Air Race. Winners of the race were the crew of the converted First World War Vickers Vimy bomber, G-EAOU: Sir Ross Smith, his brother Sir Keith Smith, and mechanics Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett. Together, this crew made the first ever flight from England to Australia and, indeed, made the first ever international arrival by air. Our exhibition covers this epic and historic journey in images sourced from several collections, including the CAHS collection, the National Library of Australia collection and the State Library of South Australia collection.

There will be films and guest speakers on the day, and the exhibition will run for one year.

Programme of activities:

The Museum will be Open 10am-5pm

Time Event

11.30 am


1.30 pm


Ms Lainie Anderson
, South Australia's Epic Flight Centenary 2019 Program Ambassador: The 1919 England-Australia Air Race

Dr Michael Molkentin, author of a new biography of Sir Ross Smith, Anzac & Aviator: The Writing of Anzac & Aviator

Other times

1919 Air Race-related films running in the display areas

Note: There is limited seating available for the guest speakers.

Entry to the Museum is by gold coin donation. Free tea and coffee is available throughout the day.



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