Look­ing back at the Smith Bros’ flight to Charleville

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HANDY WORK: The Smith Bros’ stopover on their Eng­land to Aus­tralia flight in Charleville in 1919 re­sulted in an un­sched­uled de­lay to re­pair a bro­ken pro­pel­ler and dam­aged Rolls Royce V12 en­gine for the Vick­ers Vimy. Trans­ported to Ip­swich Rail­way Work­shop for re­pairs, top me­chan­ics worked on the en­gine while pat­tern mak­ers built a new pro­pel­ler. Us­ing Queens­land ma­hogany, they cre­ated a mas­sive, four-bladed re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­i­nal, nearly 10 feet in di­am­e­ter shown in this rare photo.


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