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THE NATION WAITED The First Attempt to Fly The Tasman
Bill Conroy
ISBN9780992247591
$35.00

The aeroplane Aotearoa and her crew of three disappeared while trying to cross the Tasman from Sydney in 1928. This fleshes out the details of the venture and its members, John Moncrieff, George Hood and Ivan Knight.

Fraser Books, Masterton, 2019. Softback. 167 pages. NEW


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THE RIDDLE OF RICHARD PEARSE
Gordon Ogilvie
ISBN0589007947
$47.50

A very thorough, illustrated and well researched account of South Canterbury aviation pioneer Richard Pearse. His entitlement to first-flight honours is fully and fairly discussed here.

A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1973. Hardback with dust jacket. 251 pages. SECONDHAND


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GEORGE BOLT Pioneer Aviator
E F Harvie
ISBN0589008234
$42.50

Bolt became apprenticed to Vivian and Leo Walsh in 1916 and continued involvement with aviation until his death. Bolt becam Chief Engineer of TEAL in 1944. This also covers early NZ aviation as Bolt was involved.

AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1974. Hardback with dust jacket. 176 pages. SECONDHAND


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JOURNEYING WITH AVIATORS IN NEW ZEALAND
Roy Sinclair
ISBN9781869413156
$30.00

A book about remarkable New Zealander's of all ages who love to fly. Full of interesting little known aviation stories about aircraft being flown and being restored.

Random House, Auckland, 1998. Softback. 290 pages. SECONDHAND


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WINGS OVER NEW ZEALAND A social history of New Zealand aviation
Matthew Wright
ISBN9781877327094
$30.00

A social history of New Zealand aviation. From pioneers Richard Pearse, Bertram Ogilvie, George Bolt and others, right up to TEAL and Air New Zealand. Covers the fascination of Kiwi's for Kingsford Smith, Jean Batten etc.

Whitcoulls, Wellington, 2002. Softback. 144 pages. SECONDHAND


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CIVIL AVIATION IN NEW ZEALAND
David Rendel
ISBN0589009052
$37.50

An illustrated history of aviation in New Zealand from the early balloonists of 1889, early gliders and powered aircraft. Includes George Bolt, Richard Pearse and other pioneers. Well illustrated with technical appendices covering the various air services, their staff and air fleets.

Reed, Wellington, 1975. Hardback with dust jacket. 188 pages. SECONDHAND


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A HISTORY OF CIVIL AVIATION IN NEW ZEALAND
Maurice E. McGreal
ISBN9781869535193
$37.50

A history of the aviation industry in New Zealand up to the CAA formation in 1992. Focuses on regulation and commercial activity. Includes a chapter on the Chippindale Report on Erebus disaster, and accounts of some notable aviators.

David Bateman, Auckland, 2003. Hardback with dust jacket. 276 pages. SECONDHAND


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AERIAL CIRCLES 50 Years of New Zealand Aviation
Roy Russell
510230212
$30.00

50 Years of New Zealand Aviation - Gliding and Power 1935-1985. Author's account of his time in the RNZAF, as well as work topdressing and recreation in gliders. This copy signed by author to the title.

Roy Russell, Tauranga, 1986. Softback. 141 pages. SECONDHAND


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SPANZ South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand
Richard Waugh and Peter Layne
ISBN9780473071837
$42.50

The story of how SPANZ was formed and how it challenged the air licencing bureaucracy, political establisment and the government owned NAC monopoly of the day. This airline used modified DC-3 Viewmasters.

Craig Printing Co. Ltd., Invercargill, 2000. Softback. 148 pages. SECONDHAND


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ELECTRA FLYING The Lockheed 10 Electra in New Zealand
Richard Waugh, editor
ISBN9780473053667
$37.50

The story of the Lockheed 10 Electa and how it was introduced to the whole Main Trunk route from Auckland to Dunedin and revolutionised commercial aviation in New Zealand.

Craig Printing Co. Ltd., Invercargill, 1998. Softback. 120 pages. SECONDHAND


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NAC THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION
Richard Waugh with P.Layne & G. McConnell
ISBN9780473120009
$50.00

NAC was formed when the post-war Labour Government nationalised the country's private airlines. After operating on domestic and some Pacific routes for 31 years, the NAC merged with Air New Zealand in 1978.

Craig Printing Co. Ltd., Invercargill, 2007. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 320 pages. SECONDHAND


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WEST COAST MEMORIES Two Volumes
Paul Beauchamp Legg
ISBN0958342903 ISBN0958342938
$80.00

An illustrated collection of stories about West Coast aviation and airmen in two volumes. Both volumes signed with a dedication by the author.

Paul Beauchamp Legg, Picton, 1994. Softback. Vol. I, 162 pages, Vol. II, 171 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE SKY MY CANVAS
Miles King
ISBN090860632X
$40.00

The life story of an ex RNZAF pilot who was a pioneer of agricultural aviation and the top dressing industry and later developed a large Australasian Cessna sales agency.

Mallinson Rendel Publishers Ltd., Wellington, 1985. Hardback with dust jacket. 140 pages. SECONDHAND


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TAKE-OFF The Helicopters (NZ) Story
Gavin McLean
ISBN9781877393310
$65.00

A well illustrated account that describes the ups and downs of the company since its founding in 1955, and also documents many aspects of the development of the helicopter industry in New Zealand.

Hazard Press Ltd., Christchurch, 2006. Hardback with dust jacket. 222 pages. SECONDHAND


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PIET'S EYE IN THE SKY The Story of NZ Aerial Mapping
Geoff Conly
ISBN1869340078
$85.00

The fiftieth anniversary story of New Zealand Mapping Ltd., founded by Piet van Asch in 1936, and responsible for aerial photographs and mapping of the country and south west Pacific. Scarce.

Grantham House Publishing, Wellington, 1986. Hardback with dust jacket. 188 pages. SECONDHAND


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NEW ZEALAND TRAGEDIES AVIATION ACCIDENTS AND DISASTERS
John King
ISBN1869340426
$37.50

In depth and well illustrated, this gives the history of accidents and air accident investigations in New Zealand. Includes Flight 901 Erebus disaster, as well as many other incidents, some serious others miraculously fatality free. Well illustrated.

Grantham House, Wellington, 1995. Softback. 292 pages. SECONDHAND


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TURBULENT YEARS A COMMERCIAL PILOT'S STORY
Brian Waugh
ISBN0908790317
$40.00

An exciting insight into early regional airlines, South Island Airways, Trans Island Airways and West Coast Airways and the daring pilots who flew in the rugged south island landscape.

Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991. Softback. 229 pages, illustrated. SECONDHAND


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FOR LOVE OF FLYING
Harle Whitehead
ISBN9780958299312
$45.00

The true flying experiences of  a Kiwi private pilot who began flying when he was 55. Photographs taken from the cockpit by the author.

Old Sausage Publications Ltd., Christchurch, 2009. Hardback with dust jacket. 132 pages. SECONDHAND


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A SHOWER OF SPRAY AND WE'RE AWAY!
Fred Ladd with Ross Annabell
ISBN0589006924
$37.50

A lifetime of aviation, from war service in the Pacific, flying for NAC in Otago and Southland, Fiji airlines, and starting Tourist Air Travel Limited in Auckland. THIS copy has a personal dedication as is signed by the author.

AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1971. Hardback with dust jacket. 233 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
John Malkin in collaboration with Brian Roots and Dr Michael Taylor
ISBN9780473087371
$42.50

A history of the first 50 years of Aeromodelling Championships. New Zealand Model Aeronautical Association Inc. National Championships from 1948 to 1997. Well illustrated.

New Zealand Model Aeronautical Association Inc., Auckland, 2002. Softback. 120 pages. SECONDHAND


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CONQUERING ISOLATION
Neil Rennie
ISBN9780790001203
$47.50

The first 50 years of Air New Zealand. The connecting of New Zealand towns and cities nationally and internationally, first with flying boats then with airliners. Includes TEAL, NAC and Air New Zealand. Focusing on air-crew and aircraft as well as the companies serving New Zealand.

Heinemann Reed, Auckland, 1990. Hardback with dust jacket. 200 pages. SECONDHAND


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CLASSIC PLANES
Ivor Wilkins
ISBN9781775538752
$95.00

The story of planes in New Zealand, from Richard Pearse to Tim Wallis and further. Fully illustrated with colour photographs by the author as well as archival material. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.   

Godwit/Penguin Random House, Auckland, 2017. Hardback with dust jacket. 432 pages. NEW


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THE PATTERSON FILES
Doug Patterson with Jim Wallace
ISBN0473043904
$55.00

The story of Douglas Patterson, last general manager of NAC, and a long-time participant in civil aviation in New Zealand. Includes his various roles in the industry including the Erebus disaster.

New Zealand Wings, Otaki, 1997. Softback. 212 pages. SECONDHAND


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PIONEER AIRCRAFT Early Aviation before 1914
Philip Jarrett, series editor
ISBN9780851778693
$75.00

Describes the protracted development of the technology that resulted in the world's first powered, sustained flight on a windy beach in North Carolina, USA in 1903. Mention is made of Richard Pearse.

Putnam Aeronautical Books, London, 2002. Hardback with dust jacket. 255 pages. SECONDHAND


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DC3 SOUTHERN SKIES PIONEER
Brian Lockstone and Paul Harrison
ISBN9781869413903
$37.50

The service life of the various types of DC3 in New Zealand skies. Includes military service in WWII and later, NAC passenger service, and Antarctic flights.

Random House New Zealand, Auckland, 2000. Softback. 158 pages. SECONDHAND


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GIANTS IN THE SKY A History of the Rigid Airship
Douglas H. Robinson
ISBN0854291458
$95.00

A substantial, scholarly and well illustrated account of airships built between 1900-1940.

G.T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., Henley-on-Thames, UK. Hardback with dust jacket. 376 pages. SECONDHAND                                                                           


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MY AIRSHIP FLIGHTS 1915-1930
Captain George Meager AFC
ISBN0718303318
$55.00

Memoirs by Britain's foremost airship commander. Includes military service in WWI and record breaking flights. He was First Officer on the R101.

William Kimber and Co. Ltd., London, 1970. Hardback with dust jacket. 239 pages. SECONDHAND 


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AIRSHIPS - CARDINGTON
Geoffrey Chamberlain
ISBN0861380258
$65.00

A history of Cardington Airship Station and its role in world airship development.

Terence Dalton Limited, Lavenham, 1984. Hardback with dust jacket. 223 pages. SECONDHAND


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I DID IT MY WAY, BILL BLACK
Compiled by Merv Halliday
ISBN9780473246495
$37.50

A lifetime of commercial aviation flying in South Otago and Fiordland including venison recovery and Search And Rescue work.

Craigs Design and Print, Invercargill, 2013. Softback. 224 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE KAIKOURA UFOs
Capt. Bill Startup with Neil Illingworth
ISBN0340256893
$47.50

In 1978 a NZ freight airline encounter unidentified flying objects during a routine  flight. ten days later a film crew on the same route captured footage of strange travelling lights following the plane. This hard evidence is still being discussed in relation to what actually occured over Kaikoura.

Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1980. Hardback with dust jacket. 209 pages. SECONDHAND