Trailblazers Talks: Gaby Kennard’s world flight
A Sailing event on 2016-06-30 18:00:00
A special evening with the first Australian woman to circumnavigate the world by aeroplane.
Event Type: Special event
Date: 30 June 2016
Time: 06.00 PM to 08.00 PM
Location: Hallstrom Theatre, Australian Museum
Admission: Members and Australian Geographic subscribers | general; includes drink on arrival and viewing of the Trailblazers exhibition
Join one of our 50 greatest Australia explorers, Gaby Kennard, who in 1989 became the first Australian woman to fly solo around the world, in a single engine Piper Saratoga. It was a heroic flight, one that she dedicated to American aviator Amelia Earhart, who disappeared on a world flight in 1937.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Gaby was faced with instrument malfunction before she even left Australia. She was robbed of precious survival gear in Rabaul. In unforecast winds she came close to running out of fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing on a high security airfield. Her engine cut out over the Pacific and she plummeted thousands of feet. Buffeted by severe electrical storms over the Atlantic she was forced to divert from her course.
Come and meet this heroic trailblazer.
Gaby will also being signing her book after the talk.
at Australian Museum 6 College Street Sydney (opposite Hyde Park) Sydney, Australia