(1892–1933) received national adulation and a prize of £2000 in 1928 when he completed the first solo flight from England to Australia. Born in Qld, Hinkler went to England in 1913 to pursue his fascination with flying and found work in the Sopwith aircraft factory. At the outbreak of World War I he joined the Royal Naval Air Service, and in 1918 he became a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps. Known as the ‘lone eagle’, he successfully completed the first west–east South Atlantic crossing. He died when his plane crashed in Italy on another England–Australia flight. His story is told by in Solo (1962).
From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.