NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
1st October, 1926: Aviation history was made today when veteran long-distance pilot Alan Cobham landed his sea plane on Thames at Westminster to complete his record 28,000-mile round-trip to Australia. Thousands packed both banks of the river to see the pilot, who earlier this year flew to Cape Town and back, return home in triumph. It took his Havilland 50 biplane 29 days each way on the journey across Europe, the Middle East, India and the Dutch East Indies. Mr Cobham believes sea plane will be most suitable for the journey in future as they can put down in areas without air strips. He said, however, that it will still be some time before ordinary travellers can cover all the route to Australia by air.