With limited ﬂying experience, no support team and only basic instruments in his tiny single-engine ﬂying boat, the Southern Sun, Michael Smith risked his life to make modern aviation history,retracing the 1938 Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am ﬂying boat routes between Sydney, Southampton and New York. His adventures include an unexpected greeting by Special Branch on his arrival in the UK, a near-death experience while leaving Greenland, and a journey up the Mississippi, landing on the river and sleeping on sandbanks at night. He made eighty stops on his ﬂight around the globe, exploring cities and communities, as well as visiting some seventy cinemas.
Smith’s historic ﬂight lasted seven months, and took him from Australia to East Timor, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Crete, Croatia, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the United States, Japan and the Philippines, before finally returning to Australia. This is the incredible story of his journey.
Michael Smith, a university dropout, built a multimillion-dollar business fitting out movie theatres around the world, before restoring Melbourne’s Sun Theatre and becoming one of the country’s last independent cinema operators. He made a full length documentary about his record-breaking round-the-world ﬂight, which will be screened around Australia. He was recently named the 2016 Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year.