The Last Flight of Bert Hinkler, is a gripping true-life adventure story about Bert Hinkler who disappeared in 1933.
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The Last Flight of Bert Hinkler, is a gripping true-life adventure story about one of the heroes of the early days of aviation. A leading pilot of the British Empire in the days when long-distance aviators were first linking the countries of the world, Squadron Leader Herbert J.L. Hinkler disappeared in 1933 while on a solo flight from England to Australia. His body and the wreckage were later discovererd in the Tuscan mountains of Italy. The reason for the crash, however, has remained a mystery – until today. In this book Wixted draws us into the secret life of Bert Hinkler, in the process revealing the discrepancies between opinions and facts – and we see why this story can only now be told.
Edward P. Wixted was born in Queensland, Australia in 1927. Throughout his life he has sustained an interest in the early days of aviation. Wixted was the driving force in the recovery from the Algerian Sahara of one of the planes of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, the first man to fly across the Pacific from the United States to Australia, and hs led an expedition to Burma to search for Smith and the aircraft in which he disapeared in 1935.