Smith took off from Melbourne, Australia in his SeaRey aircraft named Southern Sun in April 2015, intending to retrace the historic 1938 Sydney to London route of the Qantas Empire Flying Boat service. When he reached London, Smith determined to press on and, landing at Longreach, Queensland on 11 November 2015 became the first person to navigate solo around the world in a single-engine flying boat. The 210-day journey required 480 hours flying, 9,700 litres of fuel and stops at 80 cities along the way.
- Wright, Tony. "Flying solo around the world in sea plane lands Melbourne pilot Adventurer of the Year". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Adventurer of the Year 2016". Australian Geographic.
- Smith, Michael (2018). Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World. Black Inc. p. 352. ISBN 978-1863959308.
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