Voyage of the Southern Sun Michael Smith
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Entrepreneur Michael Smith built a multimillion-dollar business fitting out movie theatres around the world, before buying and restoring Melbourne’s Sun Theatre and becoming one of Australia’s last independent cinema operators. Next he took an even bigger risk: to become the first person to fly solo around the world in an amphibious plane, retracing the 1938 Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am routes between Sydney, Southampton and New York.
With limited flying experience, no support team and only basic instruments in his tiny flying boat, the Southern Sun, Smith risked his life to make modern aviation history. His adventures include an unexpected greeting by Special Branch on his arrival in the UK, a near-death experience while leaving Greenland, and a wondrous journey up the Mississippi. He made eighty stops around the globe, exploring cities and communities, and visiting some seventy cinemas. All along the way Smith updated his online journal, cheered on by 50,000 followers.
Smith’s seven-month flight 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 USA, Japan and the Philippines.
This is the incredible story of his journey.