Richard Harold Smith, also known as Dick Smith, is an Australian entrepreneur, adventurer, and philanthropist. He is best known for being the world's first person to solo circumnavigate the world by helicopter.
Smith was born in Sydney, Australia in 1944. He developed an interest in flying at a young age, and he earned his pilot's license at the age of 17. In 1974, he founded Dick Smith Electronics, an electronics retailer that became one of the largest in Australia.
In 1982, Smith set out to circumnavigate the world by helicopter. He began his journey in Fort Worth, Texas, and he flew over 55,000 kilometers in 260 hours. He faced many challenges along the way, including bad weather, mechanical problems, and political unrest. However, he successfully completed his journey on July 22, 1983, becoming the first person to solo circumnavigate the world by helicopter.
Smith's helicopter circumnavigation was a major achievement, and it helped to raise awareness of the capabilities of helicopters. He is also a recipient of the Order of Australia for his contributions to aviation and philanthropy.
In addition to his helicopter circumnavigation, Smith has also completed other notable adventures, including:
- The first solo flight from the US to Australia by helicopter (1983)
- The first solo helicopter flight across the Atlantic Ocean (1984)
- The first nonstop, trans-Australian flight in a hot-air balloon (1993)
- The first circumnavigation of the world via the South and North Poles (1988-89)
Smith is a true adventurer and pioneer, and he has inspired people all over the world with his achievements. He is a role model for anyone who dreams of achieving great things.
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