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Nova Systems Helps Forgotten Heroes Fly Again

Nova Systems Helps Forgotten Heroes Fly Again

  • Dec 2, 2019

In 1919, four Australian diggers became the first men to fly across the globe. New documentary, The Greatest Air Race, is helping these forgotten heroes fly again.

Screening nationally in December, their story has been brought to life thanks to the support of Australian owned Nova Systems.

The four-man team crew led by South Australian Sir Ross Smith flew from London to Darwin in a Vickers Vimy bi-plane. Sitting in open cockpits with only a compass for navigation, they flew 18,000km in 28 days – a pioneering feat of endurance that opened the world to trans-global flight.

One hundred years later, the story of their victory in an audacious post-war race is being retold in an hour-long documentary to screen on SBS, 7.30pm, Sunday December 8, 2019.

“We are proud to share the incredible Australian story that propelled aviation forward across the globe” said Steven Robinson, Chief Executive Nova Systems Australia.

“The desire of these pioneering pilots to lead from the front inspired the world and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit we strive to embody at Nova.”

Pilot and Nova Group Chairman, Nova Systems’ parent company, Jim Whalley calls it ‘a brilliant Australian story with global perspectives and international importance’.

“The work we do at Nova owes so much to the legacy of the four men who flew the Vimy – in fact, all the brave aviators who took part in the Great Air Race – and we’re delighted to help give that story the prominence it deserves.”

According to director and producer Susan Harrington, the assistance from Nova Systems was vital. “We couldn’t have got it off the ground without the help of Nova. Having Jim Whalley’s aviation experience on-side was truly invaluable – and he also flew the chopper that helped us capture air-to-air footage in the closing segments.”

Nova Systems was part of the production, providing support as well as aerial services to Adelaide-based filmmakers, All Of Us Productions.

Using rarely seen footage from 1919, The Greatest Air Race relives the trials, tragedies and triumphs of a contest that was ‘certain to end in death’.

Adelaide-born astronaut, Andy Thomas, goes on location in Adelaide, Darwin, outback Australia and London, to meet with aviation experts, historians and vintage aircraft enthusiasts. He makes a stunning discovery: the Vimy aircraft is as significant as the Apollo moon lander. Sir Ross Smith was the Neil Armstrong of his day.

The Greatest Air Race (And The Heroes The World Forgot) is provisionally scheduled to be broadcast on SBS, Sunday December 8 at 7.30pm. International broadcasts are being scheduled for 2020.

View the trailer.

View the documentary. 

Nova Systems

Nova Systems is a an Australian owned and operated Global Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of technology enabling solutions and world class expertise to deliver complex capabilities and systems and solve technologically challenging problems. We solve the problems that really matter.

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