Explorers and adventurers take enormous risks.
At the time when these intrepid souls embarked on their quests, most people considered that the cost of the risk outweighed the benefit of the discovery or record. It’s only when the adventurists returned successful that the doomsayers and critics turned to supporters.
What would our world be like today had there been no explorers or adventurists?
I’d like to address two great adventurists who have changed the world.
Dick Smith epitomises the character of an intrepid adventurer.
Having flown helicopters for many years, I would never have flown a single engine Bell Jet Ranger helicopter over extensive expanses of water, finding and rendezvousing with a ship to refuel in the rough and foul weathered north Atlantic Ocean (with no alternate landing pad other than ditching!).
Dick did, I would not, and that is why I am not an adventurer!
We have to treasure the outliers in society, whether they be generous, kind, inspirational, eccentric, charismatic or adventurists – for they all add colour and soul to our world. They are fun to be around and they normally hold values and beliefs that we aspire to attain – that make our (exciting) world turn around. It turns out that Dick exhibits many of these great traits.
So it is with pleasure that I pass on the details of an evening at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney where Dick Smith will present the story on the 30th Anniversary of his world record flight:
The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo (Sydney) is hosting an evening of Monday 22 July 2013 to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Dick Smith completing the world’s first solo circumnavigation of the world in a rotary wing aircraft.
Update – 14 September 2014
Click here to read Christine Negroni’s blog about her flight with Dick
I have just written a review of a wonderful new book called “Hustler Hinkler”, a true Australian adventurer that set many aviation records. The book should be released soon and my review states:
A gripping story of an intrepid country boy who followed his dreams, designed, built and tested aircraft, set world records and as a result changed the world’s expectation of global travel from months at sea to less than fifteen days via air.
Hinkler’s trail blazing achievements match those of Kingsford Smith and Lindbergh, except that Bert operated as a one-horse team, without radios, and alone!
Superbly written (with a surprising end-twist), “Hustling Hinkler” shows how unbridled passion for man, machine and humanity trumps fear, doubt, and complacency.
I am proud to fly Qantas’ tenth A380 named “Bert Hinkler”, honouring his legacy, overflying his route in just sixteen hours and proving his forecast that planes would “fly the ships off the sea”.
I’ll release an update when the book is released.
Brisbane Airport should be named “Bert Hinkler International” (Peter Ford)