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DoP 2000, NZ A-4 / 148pp SPANZ (South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand) made a big splash in New Zealand's highly regulated aviation environment of the 1960's. this book tells how the airline boldly challenged the air licensing bureaucracy, political establishment and the government owned NAC monopoly of the day. With thei... read more

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When de Havilland proposed, in 1938, an unarmed bomber constructed almost entirely from wood, few would have thought it could become one of the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War. The Mosquito easily outran a Spitfire on its test flight and was ordered into mass production, soon proving itself a key weapon in the... read more

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"Burt told Popular Mechanics, 'If we make a courageous decision like the goal and program we kicked off for Apollo in 1961, we will see our children or grandchildren in outposts on other planets.' Fortunately, we need not rely solely on governments for expanding humanity's presence beyond the Earth." Sir Arthur C. Clarke Bur... read more

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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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When the Boeing 747 first flew commercially in 1970 it ushered in a new era of affordable air travel. Often referred to by the nickname 'Jumbo Jet', the 747 was the world's first wide-body commercial airliner and its advent has proved to be one of the major milestones in aviation history. The centrepiece of this Haynes Manual... read more

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REPRINTED BY POPULAR DEMAND Kaimai Crash - New Zealand's wost internal air disaster: Flight 441 from Auckland to Tauranga on 3 July 1963 began as a typical National Airways Corporation DC-3 flight of the era. The passengers represented a cross section of New Zealand society; men and women, Maori and Pakeha, young and old. The... 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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The Spitfire is probably the most famous Second World War fighter aircraft. From the original design concept of Reginald Mitchell to the first flight in 1936, and on through 12 years of continuous development, this title presents illustrated history of the Spitfire.

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First published in 1988, Bill Gunston's book simply told the story of how the original Airbus A300B was conceived, how the international Airbus company was formed and how it finally grew to become an aerospace giant. This fully revised and updated second edition includes all the prolific single-aisle aircraft that have follow... read more

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The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) - Big E - was an icon of her time. During her 51 years of service in the United States Navy she lived up to her name and achieved many "first" and "only" accolades. "Big" described not only her physical size but also alluded to her spirit and stature in the eyes of ... 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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The empty chairs belonged, all too briefly, to the doomed young First World War airmen who failed to return from the terrifying daily aerial combats above the trenches of the Western Front. The edict of their commander-in-chief was the missing aviators were to be immediately replaced. Before the new faces could arrive, the de... read more

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This completely updated and revised edition of this pictorial book catalogues and illustrates the development and growth of the incredible collection of full size World War 1-era aircraft that The Vintage Aviator Ltd has maintained, built and operated throughout the first thirteen years of the 21st Century. The book contains... read more

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The New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) was created by the post-war Labour Government nationalising all private airlines and forming the first State-owned Enterprise. During its 31 years of operation NAC was New Zealand's major domestic airline until it was merged with Air New Zealand in 1978. In its early years it... read more

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Compelling and dramatic insights into crucial moments inside the cockpit. Discover the most sensational air disasters of recent years. Transcripts of actual black box recordings of conversations between captains, their crew, and air traffic control on the ground reveal the final moments during which life-and-death decisions w... read more

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The term unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV came into general use in the early 1990s to describe robotic aircraft. Some are as large as a football field, others can take-off and land on one, and the smallest can easily fit inside the ball itself. These unique aircraft offer a means for man to fly missions in places that are too d... read more

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Arguably the highest scoring RAF fighter pilot of the First World War, Edward 'Mick' Mannock's life, and most particularly his death, are still shrouded in mystery. Did he achieve as many victories as are sometimes ascribed to him? How did he die? Where did he die, and more pertinently, where do his remains now lie? Respected... read more

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The Fairey Swordfish

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