Monday, 26 October 2015
Those men and their flying machines
As they deal with their own dreams, losses and secrets, the characters in We are the Ghosts of the Future grieve the disappearance of a national hero ...
Below is a page 1 story from The Canberra Times of Wednesday 13 November 1935. Here's the NLA link: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2401475
On his way back to Australia from England, fellow aviator C J Melrose joined the search for Kingsford Smith and co-pilot Thomas Pethybridge in the area around the Bay of Bengal. Melrose was the last person to sight Kingsford Smith’s Lockheed Altair as it flew above him. At one stage there were fears that 22-year-old Melrose had also disappeared. He hadn’t, but back then flying small aircraft was a dangerous activity, and less than a year later, he died when his monoplane broke up in turbulence on a flight from Melbourne to Darwin.