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Charles Ulm: The untold story of one of Australia's greatest aviation pioneers (16pt Large Print Edition)
  

Charles Ulm: The untold story of one of Australia's greatest aviation pioneers (16pt Large Print Edition) (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

By Searle, Rick

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Charles Ulm and Charles Kingsford Smith were two of the most important pioneers of Australian aviation. Together they succeeded in a number of record-breaking flights that made them instant celebrities around the world, notably the first ever trans-Pacific flight, then setting up... read full description below.

ISBN 9780369311467
Barcode 9780369311467
Published 10 August 2018
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Large type / large print edition
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ISBN-13 9780369311467
ISBN-10 0369311469
Stock Available
Status Available at publisher; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint ReadHowYouWant
Publication Date 10 August 2018
Publication Country
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Large type / large print edition
Edition Large type / large print edition
Author(s) By Searle, Rick
Category Biography & Autobiography
Australasian & Pacific History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Pasifika
Australian
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 538
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 747g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
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Description of this Book

Charles Ulm and Charles Kingsford Smith were two of the most important pioneers of Australian aviation. Together they succeeded in a number of record-breaking flights that made them instant celebrities around the world, notably the first ever trans-Pacific flight, then setting up Australian National Airways in late 1928. Smithy was the face of the airline, happier in the cockpit or in front of an audience than in the boardroom; Ulm was in his element as managing director. Smithy had the charisma and public acclaim, Ulm the tenacity and organisational skills. In 1932, Kingsford Smith received a knighthood for his services to flying; Ulm did not. Setbacks and tragedies followed, as Ulm tried to develop the embryonic Australian airline industry. ANA was at first successful, but a catastrophic crash and the increasing bite of the Great Depression forced it into bankruptcy in 1933. Desperate to drum up support for a new airline, Ulm's final flight was meant to demonstrate the potential for a regular trans-Pacific passenger service. Somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii his plane, Stella Australis, disappeared. No trace of the plane or crew was ever found. In the years since his death, attention has focused more and more on Smithy, leaving Ulm neglected and overshadowed. In this essential biography, Rick Searle shows that while Ulm lacked Smithy's prowess as an aviator, he was his superior as a visionary, and a driving force behind the growth of modern global air travel. His untimely death robbed Australia of a huge talent.

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Author's Bio

Rick Searle has been a full-time freelance writer and film maker for over forty years. He has worked in radio, television and film, and lectured in television writing at the Queensland University of Technology. Rick has had a lifelong interest in aviation. He is the author of five books, including The Man Who Saved Smithy, about the life of Australian flyer and navigator Sir Gordon Taylor.

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