Acme news photo is captioned as follows:
A crowd of 20,000 gathered at the Municipal Airport, Inglewood,
Calif., November 4, when the "Lady Southern Cross", Kingsford-Smith's
Lockheed plane and its escort of three National Guard planes came
down in a perfect landing. An official committee composed of Mayor
Frank Shaw and civic leaders welcomed Sir Charles and his co-pilot,
Capt. P.G. Taylor, after their spectacular trans-Pacific flight from
Australia to California. The intrepid flyers landed first at Oakland,
then flew to Los Angeles. Photo shows Kingsford-Smith and Captain
Taylor on the running board of their car ready to leave Municipal
Airport. The huge crowd cheered the flyers as they left.
Smithy is marked as #1 in the enlargement. At the time of his enlistment
in the Army, Smithy was 5 feet 6½ inches (169 cm) tall so it
is likely that he was the only person "on the running board of
their car". P.G. Taylor can't be far away and it is speculated
that he could be #3 in the above enlargement. It is believed that
#2 could be Bud Morriss, Smithy's agent in Los Angeles. The photo
was evidently taken from the roof of a movie newsreel motor vehicle.
When some latter day historians tend to diminish the significance
of this trans-Pacific flight in a single-engined aircraft, it is worth
noting the adulation that was accorded Smithy by the American people.
Picture: Tim Kalina Collection
Research: Mick Raftery