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Lightsview Vickers Vimy Flight Anniversary

In line with current public health advice around COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Peet is taking adequate precautions to reduce the spread of the virus and ensure the safety and health of all customers, employees and members of the community. 

As such Lightsview’s Vickers Vimy anniversary event, that was scheduled for Sunday 22 March, has been cancelled. We take the health and safety of our community, staff and visitors extremely seriously and have prioritised protecting our most vulnerable community members.

The year was 1919. The war was finally over. Prime Minister Billy Hughes offered £10,000 for the first Australian airmen to fly home from England in 30 days.

Six crew took up the challenge in planes that were as rudimentary as they were unreliable. And who won? South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith, backed by mechanics Wally Shiers (SA) and Jim Bannett (Vic), in the Vickers Vimy plane - GEAO-U.

The flight was likened in its day to Christopher Columbus discovering the New World. Today’s historians say it was as significant as man landing on the moon 50 years later.

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