In 1918, the Australian Government offered a prize of £10,000 for the first flight from England to Australia.
The flight could not exceed 30 days and the plane had to be piloted by Australians. A team of four Adelaide airmen responded to the challenge and chose a converted Vickers Vimy bomber for their flight.
The pilot was Capt Ross Smith and his brother Lt Keith Smith was the navigator while Jim Bennett and Wally Shiers accompanied the flight as engineers.
On 12 November 1919, they departed from Hounslow in England and flew via France, across the Syrian Desert, and over Java, finally arriving in Darwin on 10 December 1919.
Serious engine trouble delayed their arrival into Melbourne for seven weeks and it was not until 23 March 1920 that they arrived at their hometown of Adelaide where they were welcomed by an estimated crowd of 20,000 people at an aerodrome in Enfield.
The actual landing site is thought to be in the area west from this point and a memorial plaque commemorating the inaugral flight is now at the eponymous Vickers Vimy Reserve, Northfield.
Picture: The Smith brothers being greeted upon arrival in Adelaide