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Aviation's influenece on Nelson has been profound. With challenging road access, no rail link and the barrier of Cook Strait, Nelson had the reputation of being a 'sleepy hollow'. It was isolated and in some way still is, yet has never been the same since the first aircraft visit in 1921. After aero club beginnings, a pion... read more

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Aviation's influenece on Nelson has been profound. With challenging road access, no rail link and the barrier of Cook Strait, Nelson had the reputation of being a 'sleepy hollow'. It was isolated and in some way still is, yet has never been the same since the first aircraft visit in 1921. After aero club beginnings, a pioneer... read more

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The popularity of the fighter aircraft used in World War II is huge in New Zealand, as evidenced by the enormous crowds that turn up for events such as Warbirds over Wanaka – over 80,000 people attended the 2010 event. New Zealand is extremely lucky that there is a wide range of airworthy WW II-era classic fighters rema... read more

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The genesis of jet propulsion was the invention of a gun-powdered rocket by the Chinese in the 13th century. The rocket's design was initially intended to enhance fireworks displays, but gradually progressed to assume a critical and formidable place in Chinese weaponry. Man's ability to fly did not benefit from jet propulsion... read more

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NZ Aviation Mystery - Brian Chadwick and the missing Dragonfly
 
On 12th February 1962 Dragonfly ZK-AFB went missing on a scenic flight from Christchurch to Milford Sound. The search for the aircraft, its pilot Brian Chadwick and four passengers, was headline news in New Zealand and Australia. In spite of the... read more

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Aircraft have revolutionized the way we live. Billions of passengers take to the air every year and around the world airlines operate almost 80,000 flights daily. Before the revolution, flying was, as often as not, a personal struggle in which a lone pilot and his single-engine aircraft tangled with the elements, the limits o... read more

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Every two years, Wanaka becomes centre-stage to one of the world's largest and most historic warbird airshows. Spectacular aircraft and military equipment are showcased amidst magnificent scenery and the non-stop action airshow draws over 65,000 enthusiasts from around the world. Amazing aerial displays from some of the worl... read more

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Did New Zealand aviation begin in Arrowtown in 1869? Did a Dunedin man make New Zealand's first flight in 1910? The story of aviation in Otago throws up some intersting questions and the answers, along with the detailed history of Dunedin's airports at Green Island, Taieri and Momona, provide a fascinating story of how we hav... read more

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This it the story of how R J Mitchell's design for a single-engined fighter became the legend that is the Spitfire. Earning both admiration and gratitude for its exploits in the Battle of Britain, this amazing aeroplane went on to become a versatile and adaptable asset that earned it the accolade of being the best fighter air... read more

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Even after a century of commercial air travel, and in spite of the tens of thousands of safe plane trips taken every day, air disasters continue to fascinate. In this gripping book, Xavier Waterkeyn explores more than 200 notable air crashes, including bizarre accidents, hijackings and tales of miraculous survival. These exha... read more

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In-flight colour photos of every Spitfire still flying, along with b/w images together with first-hand accounts from wartime Spitfire pilots. 98 b/w & 110 colour photos. 192 pages. Hardback

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Whereas Volume Two of A Passion For Flight concentrated on civil aviation during 1910-1914, this third and final volume focuses primarily on the military aspect. Also presented for the first time is a full and long overdue account of the remarkable career of Feilding-born Joseph Joel (‘Joe’) Hammond, the most prom... read more

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Founded in 1916, Boeing Commercial Airplanes is the premier aircraft builder in the USA and one of the biggest aerospace constructors in the world. To the man in the street Boeing is inextricably linked with some of the greatest names in aircraft design and construction: the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, the 707 (the USA's fir... read more

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Published by Richard Waugh in conjunction with the Cook Strait Air Service Celebration Committee.
Cook Strait is New Zealand's great natural divide. This book tells how aviation conquered the barrier of rough water bringing communication and economic benefits of national significance. The first flight ... read more

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The Douglas DC-3 Dakota revolutionised air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Because of its lasting impact on the airline industry - and in particular the part it played in the Second World War - the 'Dak' is widely regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever built. This title describes the Dakota's rugged anatomy.

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Airship charts the history of lighter-than-air craft from the continental pioneers of the late 19th century through to European airship stations in the Great War, Germany's pre-eminent commercial and military zeppelins, the construction of British behemoths R100 and its sister ship R101 and the calamitous losses of USS Akron ... read more

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This final volume in the three-volume set covering more than 300 types of Surviving World War II aircraft includes the less-glamorous ones that couldn't qualify for two volumes on Fighters and Bombers. They were the ones that served absolutely vital purposes like the Army's Jeeps and trucks and the Navy's freighters and landi... read more

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BILL BLACK: I DID IT MY WAY is the story of Bill Black, who grew up in South Otago with a passion for flying. Told in his own indomitable style Bill recounts learning to fly Tiger Moths, gaining his Commercial Pilot's Licence, and his first aviation position with Richie Air Services in Te Anau where he flew Cessna 180s, de Ha... read more

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