Australian businessmen, film-maker and pilot Dick Smith landed in Greece on September 14, at the half-way of his solo round-the-world helicopter trip.
GV Helicopter coming in to land. (2 SHOTS)
SV Smith inside helicopter after landing. (2 SHOTS)
GV Smith being presented with Greek pendant.
CU Map PULL BACK TO SV Smith pointing to route.
SCU Smith speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: SMITH: (SEQ 5) "The Mediterranean is beautiful, it's ... whereas I was very frightened when I flew over the Atlantic, the Mediterranean just looks nice and if I had to come down in it, I'm very sure my life-raft and my life-jacket would be O.K. because it's so warm. Tomorrow I am heading towards Cairo, and some people say this is when the troubles are going to start, going through all the next few countries, but I'll see how I go but I hope tomorrow night to be in Cairo. I'm trying to compete with Bert Hinckler. At the moment I am about level with him on his 1928 flight. If I can get to Cairo tomorrow, I should be a little bit ahead, and i Might get to Australia in the fifteen-and-a-half days that I want to."
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Background: Australian businessmen, film-maker and pilot Dick Smith landed in Greece on September 14, at the half-way of his solo round-the-world helicopter trip. He had already made history during the first part of his journey, which took him from The United States southern city of Dallas, Texas, to Britain's capital, London, via the Arctic Circle. It was the first time helicopter had ever flown solo over such a route. On the second stage of his journey, Dick smith is re-living the adventures of three early pioneers of aviation - Ross and Keith smith, the first men to fly from England to Australia in the great air race of 1919, and Bert Hinckler. Hinckler was the first pilot to make trip solo in 1928. Following Hinckler's route as closely as politics would allow, dick smith has already flown across the English Channel to Paris and over the Swiss Alps to Pisa in Italy, where Ross and Keith smith spent the night in 1919. dick smith hopes to complete the second leg of his journey to Australia in fifteen-and-a-half days. The third and final;a stage of his adventure will take him back to Dallas in 1983.