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The pair were obviously influenced by him, as by the end of the year they had managed to acquire a Ryan monoplane. They named it Aotearoa, which meant'land of the long white cloud' in Maori a common name for New Zealand. On the 23, December 1927, they announced their intention to fly 2,300 kilometers across the Tasman.

Just nine months later in September 1928 Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm became the first men to fly across the Tasman. Around 250 kilometers before they reached their destination they dropped a wreath into the Tasman in memory of the New Zealand pilots.

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The risk they took never paid off. Eyewitness reports suggested the plane made it on land, but crashed shortly before reaching the destination. Others said they saw the plane crash in the Marlborough Sounds area. Wreckage from the crash had never been found.

came after several successful ocean crossings by other aviators, the most notable of which was Charles Lindbergh's flight from New York to Paris, in a single engine Ryan Timberland Boots For Sale Online

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He joined the Territorial Air Force Reserve in 1919, which was where the two men met.

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"It was dangerous. The technology existed, but it wasn't refined," says Robert. Flying over water was particularly hazardous. "If an engine fails over land you can bring it down on a beach or a football Timberland Boot Outlet Online

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"Lindbergh was probably the most famous man on earth at the time," says Robert Lee an Associate Professor of History at Timberland Shoes For Men Blue the University of Western Sydney. "He was an inspiration to everyone."

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field, but on water there is no way out."

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