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Names like Amy Johnson, Jean Gardner Batten, Alcock and Brown and Charles Lindburgh resonate down the decades for their deeds of derring - do in the early years of aviation. But they were not the only pioneering flyers risking all in the days when aircraft were far removed from the sophisticated machines that carry us, in comfort for business and vacations, in thousands of now routine daily flights around the world.

In 2011 On Wings of Waste pilot Jeremy Rowsell flew the Pacific in tribute to the epic Southern Cross flight of early aviators Sir Charles Kingsford and Charles Ulm.