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Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Australian Aviators

 
 
Australian Aviators Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
1. Australian Aviators Marker
Inscription.
To the memory of
the Australian Aviators
Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith
and
Captain Charles T. P. Ulm
This plaque is dedicated by the Board of Port Commissioners of the City of Oakland as a permanent tribute to the courage and foresight of these gallant airmen.
Their aeronautical exploits – starting in 1928 with the pioneering flight of the Southern Cross from Oakland to Australia and thence continued around the globe by Kingsford-Smith to complete at Oakland the aerial circumnavigation of the world – contributed greatly to the progress of aviation and demonstrated the practicability of regular transoceanic air service.

 
Erected by Port Commissioners of the City of Oakland.
 
Location. 37° 43.632′ N, 122° 12.302′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Earhart Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9255 Earhart Road, Oakland CA 94621, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Successful Non-stop Trans-Pacific Air Flight (here, next to this marker); Still on Patrol
Australian Aviators Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
2. Australian Aviators Marker
The marker is on the right.
(approx. 2.3 miles away); San Leandro Oyster Beds (approx. 2.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Peralta Home – Alta Mira Club (approx. 2.4 miles away); Peralta House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Estudillo Home (approx. 2.5 miles away); San Leandro – Industry (approx. 2.5 miles away); San Leandro Courthouse Site (approx. 2.5 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in front of the Business Jet Center, now closed.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kingsford Smith, Sir Charles Edward - Australian Dictionary of Biography. His contribution to civil aviation was an effort of faith and stamina and places him among the world's notable pioneers. Lean, with 'cool blue eyes', generous mouth and terse manner, he is featured on the Australian $20 note. Sydney's airport is named after him and there is a memorial to him, Taylor and Ulm at Anderson Park, Sydney. The Southern Cross is on view at Brisbane airport. (Submitted on January 10, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Southern Cross (aircraft) - Wikipedia. Southern Cross is the name of the Fokker
Oakland Business Jet Center image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
3. Oakland Business Jet Center
F.VIIb/3m trimotor monoplane which in 1928 was flown by Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew in the first ever trans-Pacific flight to Australia from the mainland United States, about 7,250 miles (11,670 km).
(Submitted on January 10, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Charles T.P. Ulm and Charles E. Kingsford-Smith image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1928
4. Charles T.P. Ulm and Charles E. Kingsford-Smith
The "Southern Cross" takes off from Oakland, Cal. image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, May 31, 1928
5. The "Southern Cross" takes off from Oakland, Cal.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 10, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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