At the start of June, 1928, Kingsford Smith, co-pilot Charles Ulm, navigator Harry Lyon and radio operator James Warner set off from San Francisco in the Fokker Trimotor craft, the ‘Southern Cross’. Their aim was to complete a west to east crossing of the Pacific Ocean. Eighty three flying hours after setting off from the States, the team, having overcome seemingly insurmountable navigation and weight problems, reached Australia. The marathon flight had travelled 11.900 kilometres, stopping at Honolulu, Suva and eventually landing at Brisbane. When the ‘Southern Cross’ flew down to Sydney, over three hundred thousand cheered on the aviators and their momentous first airbourne crossing of the Pacific.