PHOTO GALLERY INDEX

1930 -1932 Built as a Lockheed Sirius
1934 Converted to a Lockheed Altair & exported
1934 Arrival in Australia
17 July 1934 Arrival in Australia - The Evans Negatives
September 1934 The Race and the Pacific Flight
21 October 1934 - Fiji The Pacific Flight
24 October 1934 - Naselai Beach The Pacific Flight
29 October 1934 - Hawaii The Pacific Flight
4 November 1934 - Oakland The Pacific Flight
4 November 1934 - Burbank To the Lockheed factory for repairs and storage
7 October 1935 On to the British Register as G-ADUS
Artefacts Lady Southern Cross Artefacts

 

 

SIRIUS NR118W
Sirius NR118W at Burbank.
(Photo: Lockheed) 7
Sirius NR118W at Burbank.
(Photo: Lockheed) 8
The instrument panel of Sirius NR118W.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 117
Sirius NR118W during testing at Burbank.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 119
Sirius NR118W at Burbank with George Hutchinson in the cockpit.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 112
Sirius NR118W at Burbank with George Hutchinson in the cockpit.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 116
Sirius NR118W at Burbank with George Hutchinson on the wing.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 118
ALTAIR X-118W
Smithy with Carl B. Squier of Lockheed and Fred G. Davies of the General Petroleum Corp. at Long Beach on 19 May 1934.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 71
Smithy with Altair X-118W named ANZAC.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 9
Smithy inspecting the Altair's undercarriage.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 10
Altair X-118W named ANZAC.
(Photo: Lockheed) 4
The ANZAC on the Sports Deck of the Mariposa in Los Angeles Harbor at Long Beach.
(Photo: by Permission of the National Library of Australia) 47
A scaled silhouette of the Altair superimposed on a deck plan of the Mariposa.
(Artwork prepared by Tim Kalina) 67
Smithy and Mary with the Altair on the Sports Deck of the Mariposa at Long Beach.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 142
ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA
The page for the 17th July 1934 from the log book of the floating crane Titan.
(Courtesy National Archives of Australia: C3527/1,2 via Tim Kalina) 57
Smithy and P.G. Taylor with the Altair at Anderson Park in Sydney. This photograph has been autographed by Smithy.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 72
THE EVANS NEGATIVES
The Altair being unloaded from the Mariposa in Sydney on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 77
The Altair being unloaded from the Mariposa in Sydney on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 78
The Altair being unloaded from the Mariposa in Sydney on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 79
The Altair being unloaded from the Mariposa in Sydney on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 80
The Altair being unloaded from the Mariposa in Sydney on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 81
The Altair being unloaded from the Mariposa in Sydney on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 82
The Altair being unloaded from the Mariposa in Sydney on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 83
The Altair being unloaded from the Mariposa in Sydney on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 84
The Altair being unloaded from the Mariposa in Sydney on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 90
The Altair being unloaded from the Mariposa in Sydney on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 91
The Altair being taken to Anderson Park by barge on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 85
The Altair being brought ashore at Anderson Park on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 86
Smithy and P.G. Taylor at Anderson Park on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 88
Smithy and P.G. Taylor at Anderson Park on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 89
The Altair ready for take-off at Anderson Park on 17 July 1934.
(Photo: Alan Evans © Tim Kalina Collection) 87
ALTAIR VH-USB IN AUSTRALIA
The Altair at Mascot in July 1934 with the tailwheel fairing fitted.
(Photo: Sport and General and Central News) 144
The Altair at Mascot in July 1934 after application of the name Lady Southern Cross.
(Photo: by Permission of Fairfax Syndication) 129
The Altair is given a liberal coating of Johnsons Wax, presumably at Mascot prior to the Centenary Air Race.
(Photo: via Jim Grant) 43
The Lady Southern Cross arriving in Perth.
(Photo: by Permission of the National Library of Australia) 46
Altair VH-USB Lady Southern Cross in Australia.
(Photo: Ed Coates Collection) 45
The Altair undergoing undercarriage repairs at Mascot in September 1934.
(Photo: Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW - ML Ref: ON 204/Box 63/5) 12
The Altair undergoing undercarriage repairs at Mascot in September 1934.
(Photo: Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW - ML Ref: ON 204/Box 63/6) 13
The Lady Southern Cross meets up with the Southern Cross at Cloncurry on 29th September 1934.
(Photo: Queensland Air Museum Q158/7 via Charles Fotherington) 66
The Altair surrounded by spectators in Cloncurry. The photo was taken while the aircraft was en route to England for the start of the Centenary Air Race.
(Photo: Roderick Collection, Northern Territory Library PH0110/0025) 64
Tommy Pethybridge working on the attachment brackets for the replacement cowling at Mascot.
(Photo: Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW - ML Ref: ON 204/Box 31/36) 14
Cowling repairs in progress at Mascot.
(Photo: Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW - ML Ref: ON 204/Box 31/41) 15
FIJI
Letter written by P.G. Taylor on the day of departure for Fiji.
(Photo: Phil Vabre Collection) 74
Altair VH-USB in Albert Park, Suva.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 120
Smithy and P.G. Taylor in Albert Park, Suva.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 121
FIJI - NASELAI BEACH
Altair VH-USB on Naselai Beach, Fiji.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 122
Altair VH-USB on Naselai Beach, Fiji.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 123
Altair VH-USB on Naselai Beach, Fiji.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 124
Altair VH-USB on Naselai Beach, Fiji.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 125
Altair VH-USB on Naselai Beach, Fiji.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 126
Altair VH-USB on Naselai Beach, Fiji.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 127
HAWAII
The welcoming committee at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 132
Altair VH-USB arriving at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society) 94
Altair VH-USB arriving at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 102
Altair VH-USB arriving at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 103
Smithy and P.G. Taylor are greeted on their arrival at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 60
Smithy and P.G. Taylor on arrival at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Jerry P.B. Morelock, Cmdr. USN Ret.) 96
Smithy and P.G. Taylor are surrounded by spectators at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 58
Altair VH-USB surrounded by spectators at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 63
Altair VH-USB arriving at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 134
Altair VH-USB arriving at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 135
Altair VH-USB arriving at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 136
A weary Smithy and P.G. Taylor arriving at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: by Permission of the National Library of Australia) 53
Altair VH-USB arriving at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 115
P.G. Taylor with Smithy, at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 32
P.G. Taylor and Smithy pose with Altair VH-USB at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Jerry P.B. Morelock, Cmdr. USN Ret.) 100
P.G. Taylor and Smithy pose with Altair VH-USB at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 113
Smithy at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 137
Smithy at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 138
Bill Taylor and his Leica camera at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 140
Smithy poses with a ukulele at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 139
Postcards signed by Smithy and P.G. Taylor in Hawaii.
(Tim Kalina Collection) 34
Radiogram warning Smithy of possible legal action on arrival Oakland.
(Tim Kalina Collection) 145
Altair VH-USB over Oahu.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 130
Altair VH-USB over Oahu.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 133
Altair VH-USB over Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 131
Fuel tank repairs at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 18
Fuel tank repairs at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 19
Fuel tank repairs at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 20
Fuel tank repairs at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 105
Detail of underwing registration markings.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 24
Altair VH-USB prepares to depart Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 21
Altair VH-USB prepares to depart Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 22
Altair VH-USB prepares to depart Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 23
Altair VH-USB inside a USAAC hangar at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Jerry P.B. Morelock, Cmdr. USN Ret.) 97
Altair VH-USB at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Jerry P.B. Morelock, Cmdr. USN Ret.) 98
Altair VH-USB at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Jerry P.B. Morelock, Cmdr. USN Ret.) 101
Altair VH-USB at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 141
Altair VH-USB taxying at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Damian Waters Collection) 93
Smithy in the cockpit at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 44
Smithy in the cockpit at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 110
Altair VH-USB under tow by USAAC personnel at Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Jerry P.B. Morelock, Cmdr. USN Ret.) 99
Altair VH-USB departing Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 111
Altair VH-USB departing Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 25
Altair VH-USB departing Wheeler Field.
(Photo: USAF via Tim Kalina Collection) 35
Altair VH-USB departing Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 61
Altair VH-USB departing Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 26
Altair VH-USB departing Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 65
The source of the Hawaiian music which charmed P.G. Taylor.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 27
Altair VH-USB departing Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society) 95
Altair VH-USB departing Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 106
Altair VH-USB departing Wheeler Field.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 107
Additional images can be found on the Hawaii Aviation website.
OAKLAND
Smithy taxies the Lady Southern Cross on arrival at Oakland.
(Photo: by Permission of the National Library of Australia) 50
Smithy and P.G. Taylor are welcomed to Oakland.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 143
Smithy and P.G. Taylor congratulate one another soon after arriving at Oakland.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 70
Smithy and P.G. Taylor soon after arriving at Oakland.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 92
P.G. Taylor and Smithy on the wing of the Lady Southern Cross on arrival at Oakland.
(Photo: by Permission of the National Library of Australia) 49
Altair VH-USB soon after arriving at Oakland.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 69
Smithy and P.G. Taylor are welcomed to Oakland.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 128
Altair VH-USB at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Oakland on 4 November 1934.
(Photo: William T. Larkins) 41
Altair VH-USB at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Oakland on 4 November 1934.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 146
Altair VH-USB at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Oakland on 4 November 1934.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 147
Altair VH-USB at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Oakland on 4 November 1934.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 148
Altair VH-USB at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Oakland on 4 November 1934.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 149
Altair VH-USB at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Oakland on 4 November 1934.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 150
BURBANK
Altair VH-USB after landing at Burbank.
(Photo: Lockheed) 29
Altair VH-USB after landing at Burbank.
(Photo: Lockheed) 28
Smithy with the Lady Southern Cross after landing at Burbank.
(Photo: Lockheed) 30
The Lady Southern Cross at the Lockheed factory in Burbank.
(Photo: Lockheed) 108
Altair VH-USB back in the U.S.A.
(Photo: Lockheed) 2
Smithy poses with the Lady Southern Cross.
(Photo: Lockheed) 3
Smithy at the Lockheed factory in Burbank.
(Photo: Lockheed) 5
Altair VH-USB returns to her birthplace.
(Photo: Lockheed) 6
Smithy with film star and international humorist Will Rogers.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 59
Smithy eating his lunch atop the Lady Southern Cross while it was being overhauled by Lockheed at Burbank.
(Photo: by Permission of the National Library of Australia) 48
A freshly overhauled Lady Southern Cross at Burbank.
(Photo: John Oder Collection) 36
A freshly overhauled Lady Southern Cross at Burbank.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 39
A freshly overhauled Lady Southern Cross at Burbank.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 109
A freshly overhauled Lady Southern Cross at Burbank.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 151
A freshly overhauled Lady Southern Cross at Burbank.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 152
G-ADUS
Smithy poses with the Lady Southern Cross, now G-ADUS.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 40
Flown cover carried by the Lady Southern Cross on the aborted England-Australia record attempt which departed Croydon on 23 October 1935.
(Photo: Phil Vabre Collection) 75/76
Smithy is farewelled from Lympne, England.
(Photo: Tim Kalina Collection) 73
LADY SOUTHERN CROSS ARTEFACTS
The un-restored starboard undercarriage unit from the Lady Southern Cross.
(Photo: by Permission of the National Library of Australia) 52
The restored starboard undercarriage unit from the Lady Southern Cross.
(Photo: by Permission of the National Library of Australia) 51
The starboard undercarriage unit at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
(Photo: Powerhouse Museum) 42
The broken attachment of the starboard undercarriage unit photographed at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney on 14 November 2009.
(Photo: Mick Raftery) 37
The data plate on the starboard undercarriage unit photographed at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney on 14 November 2009.
(Photo: Mick Raftery) 38
A Pioneer Instruments Fuel Flow Gauge from the Lady Southern Cross held by the National Library of Australia in Canberra. This artefact was removed in Australia.
(Photo: Commissioned by Tim Kalina by Permission of the National Library of Australia) 68
A section of wooden skin from the Lady Southern Cross held by the National Library of Australia in Canberra. This artefact was removed in Australia.
(Photo: Commissioned by Tim Kalina by Permission of the National Library of Australia) 55
This plaque is displayed in the terminal building at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, Australia. Archerfield was the departure point for the trans-Pacific flight. This photograph was taken in September 2003.
(Photo: Ron Cuskelly) 62

 

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