File Description: " 'Southern Cross' as a Ford Tri-Motor instead of the Fokker F.VIIb/3m!! TOTAL FICTION - The "Southern Cross" that made the First Trans-Pacific crossing was a Fokker aircraft!!! Departed from Oakland California on 31 May 1928 and arrived 9 June 1928 in Brisbane Australia. A total distance of about 7,250 miles. The pilot was Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.