Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was one of Australia's true twentieth-century legends. In an era in which aviators were superstars, 'Smithy' was among the greatest. Kingsford Smith was the first person to fly across the Pacific, he broke the record for the fastest flight from England to Australia, and at one point he held more long-distance flying records than anyone else on the planet. If that wasn't enough, Smithy was also a war hero, receiving the Military Cross for gallantry in action after being shot - and losing three toes - during one of many flying missions during World War I. This comprehensive biography, written with typical flair by Peter FitzSimons, covers the triumphs and tragedies of Kingsford Smith's daring and controversial life and also those of his companion aviators.