In 1919 the Australian Government announced a £10,000 prize for the first Australians to fly from England to Australia in less than 30 days, in a British-built plane. The competition promoted Australian aviation after the First World War.
Six Australian and one French crew took up the challenge, flying timber and fabric planes. Critics protested that the race could become deadly. Tragically, two crews lost their lives. Two more crashed out of the race. Along the route, the brave crews faced dramatic dangers including volcanoes, storms, equipment failures and unfriendly locals.
The winning achievement by the Vickers Vimy team, led by Sir Ross Smith, was considered a remarkable achievement for the time and the greatest conquest over the air.
The excitement, drama and tragedy of the Great Air Race is commemorated in this set of 8 stunning 2019 $1 uncirculated coins, packaged in a collectible tin.
Each coin design features a beautifully sculpted plane plus the names of the crew members who participated in the race. The 8 designs include:
- Airco DH9
- Alliance P.2 Endeavour
- Blackburn Kangaroo
- Caudron G.4
- Martinsyde A1
- Sopwith Wallaby
- Vickers Vimy
- The Great Air Race - Coloured
MINTAGE 10,000, $1 AL/BRONZE, ENCAPSULATED, CARDED, SET OF 8 HOUSED IN TIN
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