By Martyn, Errol W.
A Passion For Flight's definitive account of New Zealand aviation's formative years continues with this volume covering civil aviation activity in New Zealand and by New Zealanders abroad from 1910 to August 1914. Whereas it took only a 184-page first volume to cover the previous... four decades this volume's coverage of just five years runs to 320 pages, such was the astonishing growth of interest and participation during the period. The author brings to light much new material through eyewitness accounts and extensive research of primary sources. He also corrects a number of long-standing errors in previous accounts, particularly regarding the Walsh brothers' trials and tribulations with the Howard Wright biplane (later christened Manurewa No.1) that was imported by the syndicate of which they were members. Accompanying the text is an amazing collection of over 280 illustrations, many of which appear here in print or are displayed and captioned in their correct context for the first time. The trilogy's concluding volume will cover the Joe Hammond story and military aviation for the 1910-1914 period.Read more
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Errol Martyn was born in Invercargill in 1946. He became a fulltime researcher and writer, specialising in New Zealand aviation personnel from earliest times to 1950. An honorary consultant to the RNZAF Museum since the 1980s and an active member of the Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand for over 40 years, Errol in 1972 compiled the Society's first book, New Zealand Aviation - 100 years, and has contributed to several score of aviation works by others, including The History of New Zealand Aviation, By Such Deeds and Night After Night. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed 1400-page trilogy, For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 and the award-winning Swift to the Sky. This is his eighth book.
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