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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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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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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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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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Silver Wings tells the story of New Zealand’s women flyers, from the 1920s, when a woman’s place was deemed to be on the ground (preferably in the home), until the present day, when women fly every type of aircraft and are involved in aviation sport of all kinds. After 22 December 1925, when Gladys Sandford became... read more

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From the earliest beginnings of powered flight, aviation has played a vital role in the developement of New Zealand and its interactions with the rest of the world.
This book tells that story in stunning photographs sourced from the world's best photographers and chosen to show our journey from the earliest pioneers to... 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 are a wide range of airworthy WW II-era classic fighters remaining... read more

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This definitive work presents for the first time a detailed record of all known New Zealand-related aeronautical activity of the long-neglected pioneering period of 1868-1914. The complete trilogy will undoubtedly become an indispensible first place of resource for historians, aviation enthusiasts and genealogists alike. The ... read more

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In 1982, when he was travelling in India, Peter Vacher stumbled on the remains of a British plane - a Hurricane Mark 1, a veteran of the Battle of Britain. It was in a dreadful state. Could he restore it? Would it fly again? Not until 14 years later did he decide to act and after six years of wrangling he got the icon home. T... read more

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