Smithy with Uke (Sir Charles Kingsford Smith)

In an earlier post, I noted a newspaper report about Smithy (famous Australian Aviator) buying a ukulele in Hawaii to keep his co-pilot awake.

Tim Kalina has now very kindly shared a photo of Smithy holding the ukulele while sitting on the front cockpit of the “Lady Southern Cross”, a Lockheed Altair. The photograph was taken at Wheeler Field, Hawaii, in 1934.  His copilot, Gordon ‘Bill’ Taylor (later Sir Patrick Gordon Taylor), said in his book Pacific Flight that Smithy played well.

Tim’s has a large collection of photographs related to Kingsford Smith which may be viewed here: http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/lock1.htm

CKS and uke

Photograph courtesy of the T. Kalina Collection (many thanks to Tim).

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Published in: on February 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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