Air League in South Australia Awarded Grant

The South Australia Wing of the Australian Air League are pleased to announce they have been awarded a grant from The Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund to help them further develop the interest in aviation of its cadets.


The Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund was established in 1986 by Lady Anita Smith, widow of Sir Keith Smith to commemorate the achievements of these two South Australian aviation pioneers, Captain Sir Ross Smith K.B.E., M.C., D.F.C., A.F.C., and his brother Lieutenant Sir Keith Smith K.B.E.. Lady Smith recognised the need to stimulate local knowledge and innovation in aerospace technology, and directed that the Fund be applied in perpetuity for the advancement in South Australia of the science and education of aeronautics.

The grant will help support the education and air experience activities the cadets undertake including flying and flight simulator activities

A young cadet enjoying air experience flight

In 1919 a prize of £10,000 was offered by Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes to the first aircraft to fly from London to Australia in 30 days or less. Taking up the challenge, the Smith brothers along with two mechanics Sergeant W.H. Shiers A.F.M. and Sergeant J.M. Bennett A.F.M., M.S.M. departed the UK in a surplus Vickers Vimy bomber, completing the challenge in 27 days and 20 hours, earning them the prize money and a place in Australian aviation folklore.

While Sir Ross was tragically killed in 1922 while preparing for an around-the-world flight, Sir Keith went on to become the Australian representative of Vickers aircraft company and a director of several airlines and other public companies. Sir Keith also served as a Vice President on the Council of the Australian Air League during the 1940s, giving the award special significance for the Air League.

Wing Captain Martin Ball, Officer Commanding South Australia Wing stated “The grant will help support the education and air experience activities the cadets undertake including flying and flight simulator activities. In addition, The Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund are supporting a flying scholarship for the South Australia Wing and the Air League is thrilled with the support generously provided by The Fund.”

 Sir Keith and Sir Ross Smith Fund

AAL Review 2014 Reviewing Officer

The Australian Air League is pleased to announced the Reviewing Officer for the 2014 Australian Air League Review will be His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Governor-General will be accompanied on the day by his wife, Lady Cosgrove.

The Governor-General’s biography is available at .

Leading Cadet Howes Honoured by Hornsby RSL

Leading Cadet Howes and Read Admiral Ken Doolan AO

Story & photo by LCDR Mick Gallagher RAN/RANR Rtd

Leading Cadet Liam Howes has been awarded the Hornsby RSL Sub Branch ‘Air League Sword of Honour’ as the most outstanding cadet of the year for service to the RSL and the squadron in 2013.

Liam (16) who attends Arden Anglican School at Epping, is a member of the Hornsby RSL Squadron, Ulm Wing.

Liam was presented with his award by the National President of the RSL, Rear Admiral (RADM) Ken Doolan AO at a meeting of the HRSLSB held at HRSL Club Ltd on Sun 27 July 2014. Some 120 members and guests attended the event which was followed by a luncheon with the Admiral as guest speaker.

Leading Cadet Howes and Read Admiral Ken Doolan AO

Liam’s family attended the event, his parents Mark and Mari Howes of Cheltenham are extra pleased as ‘keeping the sword in the family’ is of special significance to them. Liam’s brother
Marshall (19) now an Air League 2nd Officer, won the award in 2011 & 2012 when a Sergeant in the Squadron. Their sister Jessica (12) is a member of the HRSLSB Youth Club Gymnastics

“I am very proud of all my children and thank the Youth Club for providing these opportunities for them,” said proud mum Mari.

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