P.G. Taylor writes
in his book Pacific Flight:
There is a great crowd at the aerodrome to see us on our way, and
the Altair stands ready outside the hangar, sitting well down in the
shock absorbers with 470 gallons of fuel on board. ... We receive
the official good wishes of the people of Hawaii through the Mayor
of Honolulu and the unofficial ones from the people who are at the
aerodrome to see us off.
P.G. Taylor and Smithy with VIPs at Wheeler Field, Hawaii on 3 November
1934, the day of their departure for Oakland. The imposing gentleman
in the middle is George Frederick Wright who was Mayor of Honolulu
1931-1938. The military officer is Major-General
Halstead Dorey, officer commanding the Hawaiian Station. The lady
is unknown but is presumably the wife of either gentleman. Mayor Wright
died in office while at sea on 2 July 1938 while he and his wife were
en route from New Zealand to Honolulu, ironically on board the S.S.
Mariposa, the liner that transported the Altair to Australia!
Picture: Tim Kalina Collection