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The man who saved Smithy : fighter pilot, pioneer aviator, hero : the life of Sir Gordon Taylor MC, GC
The man who saved Smithy : fighter pilot, pioneer aviator, hero : the life of Sir Gordon Taylor MC, GC
Searle, Rick2015
Patrick Gordon 'Bill' Taylor was a pioneer of Australian aviation. As a fighter pilot during the First World War, he was awarded the Military Cross and discovered a life-long passion for flight and air navigation. Returning to Australia after the war, he became a close friend of Charles Kingsford Smith; they went on to form an incredible flying partnership, setting records around the globe. It was on a flight across the Tasman in Smithy's famous Southern Cross that Taylor earned the Empire's highest award for civilian bravery, the George Cross. With one engine out of action and another fast running out of oil, Taylor repeatedly climbed out of the cockpit to transfer oil to the stricken engine and keep the Southern Cross flying -- all this while suspended over the sea in a howling slipstream. After the deaths of his friends Charles Ulm and Kingsford Smith in separate accidents, Taylor became Australia's greatest surviving aviator, pioneering vital new trans-oceanic air routes during the Second World War and receiving a knighthood in honour of his services to flight. The Man Who Saved Smithy is the enthralling account of his remarkable life and achievements.
Searle, Rick, author
Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2015.Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2015.
xvi, 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
Record machine-generated from publisher information.Includes bibliographical references (pages 354-376) and index.
Machine generated contents note: 1.A King in a Glass Castle -- 2.The Call of Distant Bugles -- 3.Playing for Keeps -- 4.The Friendly Stars -- 5.A Drift Sight Never Lies -- 6.Faith in Australia -- 7.Introduction to a Lady -- 8.One Engine, Wide Ocean -- 9.Between the Devil and the Tasman Sea -- 10.Solace in a Gull -- 11.Guba -- 12.One War, Many Enemies -- 13.Flying for the Ferry -- 14.Frigate Bird -- 15.Hurricane at Clipperton -- 16.An Explosion in the Night -- 17.Manutara -- 18.Pacific Cruisebird.
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Sandringham LibraryBiography629.13092 SEAAvailable