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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. First published in 1973, this is the second edition.

A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1974. 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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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, 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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SKI-PLANE ADVENTURE
Harry Wigley
610260711
$47.50

Wigley's story of pioneer flying in the Southern Alps. Includes his WWII service in the Pacific Islands with RNZAF.

AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1965. Hardback with dust jacket. 222 pages. SECONDHAND


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FLYING HOME A History of Aviation in Nelson
Bob Stevens
51028013
$32.50

Since the first aircraft arrived in Nelson in 1921 it has played an important role in New Zealand aviation development. Commercial, agricultural and private aviation in Nelson.

Nelson City Council, Nelson, 1985. Softback. 108 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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WHEN THE COAST IS CLEAR
Richard J. Waugh
ISBN0473028514
$35.00

The story of air services and air travel in New Zealand's most remote region. of South Westland, 1934-1967. First published in 1994.

Craig Printing Co. Ltd., Invercargill, 2000. Softback. 80 pages. NEW


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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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AIR NEW ZEALAND: CELEBRATING 75 YEARS
Edited by Jenny Farrell
ISBN9780473302511
$40.00

A chronological pictorial history of Air New Zealand 1940-2015. Covers the development of the brand, aircraft and aircrew. With nice images of advertising and ticketing material.

Bauer Media Group, Auckland, 2014. Softback. 242 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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MY LIFE
Jean Batten
5102500310
$35.00

Jean Batten's autobiography, written at the height of her fame just a few years after she made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand. THIS COPY has some pasted in newspaper clippings from the period, all connected with her.

George G. Harrap and Co Ltd., London, 1938. Hardback with no dust jacket. 304 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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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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HURRICANE TIM The Story of Tim Wallis
Neville Peat
ISBN9781877361173
$55.00

An absorbing, dramatically illustrated account of the adventures of helicopter pilot and entrepreneur Tim Wallis who pioneered the deer industry in New Zealand. He is also the man behind the Warbirds Over Wanaka.

Longacre Press, Dunedin, 2005. Hardback with dust jacket. 251 pages. SECONDHAND


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CATS HAVE ONLY NINE LIVES Memorable Moments in the Air 1943-1993
Bryan Cox
ISBN0476008794
$42.50

Bryan Cox's half century of aviation experience told by him in this memoir. From flying Corsairs for the RNZAF in the Pacific, to 18,000 hours of pilot training for others. Limited edition of 2000 numbered copies. THIS COPY signed and numbered.

Bryan Cox, Tauranga, 2004. Softback. 189 pages. SECONDHAND


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ALL THEIR OWN WINGS
John King
ISBN97818773781
$37.50

A collection of stories and photographs of enthusiasts who make and fly their own aircraft. Illustrated.

David Ling Publishing Ltd., Auckland, 2007. Softback. 184 pages. SECONDHAND


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HIGH ADVENTURE
R T Alexander
610250311
$32.50

From balloons to Boeings in New Zealand. A history of NZ aviation, published to mark the 21st anniversary of NAC. Has cartoon style illustrations throughout. THIS COPY is the second printing, for the 25th anniversary of NAC.

NAC Print, 1968. Softback. 106 pages. SECONDHAND


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CHOPPER CHATTER
Ken Tustin
ISBN9781877566240
$30.00

The life of a highly respected helicopter pilot, who worked for Tim Wallis around South Westland until the end of the venison boom, he took on more general aviation, based in Wanaka. Search-and-Rescue around the Mount Aspiring area, and fighting wild fires with monsoon buckets were just some roles. Five seasons in Antarctica, and then South-East Asia.

The Halcyon Press, Auckland, 2012. Softback. 216 pages. SECONDHAND


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A NOBLE CHANGE One Pilot's Life
Capt. Maurice McGreal
ISBN0473061228
$55.00

Account of the author's aviation career from the RAF in 1940 to Tasman Airways and then the Civil Aviation Department where he became Assistant Director (Flight Operations). First published in 1994, this is the revised edition.

Maurice McGreal, Auckland, 1998. Softback. 208 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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HIGH ADVENTURES
John Stannage
71022041
$30.00

Autobiography of a life of aviation adventures including being radio operator for Kingsford-Smith on the first successful North Atlantic crossing from London to New York in 1930. Rare and fragile  paperback limited to 10,000 copies.

H W Bullivant, Christchurch, 1944. Softback. 195 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 EXTRAORDINARY, ORDINARY STUDENT PILOT
John Nicolson
710201131
$37.50

A very personal account of light aviation and private flying in New Zealand. by an enthusiast. THIS COPY has a contact sealed dust jacket.

Joihn Nicolson, Timaru, 1983. Hardback with dust jacket. 140 pages. SECONDHAND


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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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HURRICANE TIM The Story of Tim Wallis
Neville Peat
ISBN9781877361708
$42.50

An absorbing, dramatically illustrated account of the adventures of helicopter pilot and entrepreneur Tim Wallis who pioneered the deer industry in New Zealand. He is also the man behind the Warbirds Over Wanaka. First published in hardback in 2005.

Longacre Press, Dunedin, 2006. Softback. 325 pages. SECONDHAND


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FLIGHT OF THE KIWI
Cliff Tait
ISBN0725400226
$30.00

Cliff Tait, in a tiny one-engined plane, flew solo around the world. He was aided by the international amateur "ham" radio community.

Ure Smith/ Whitcombe and Tombs, Sydney/Christchurch, 1970. Hardback with dust jacket. 178 pages. SECONDHAND