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The story of Nelson aviation

Author: Richard J Waugh; Graeme McConnell
Publisher: Invercargill, New Zealand : The Kynaston Charitable Trust in conjunction with Craigs Design & Print Ltd., [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Aviation's influence 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 pioneering scheduled airline was established at the Stoke Airfield in 1935. The opening of Nelson's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Waugh; Graeme McConnell
ISBN: 9780473260644 : $74.90 0473260646 : $74.90 9780473265786 0473265788
OCLC Number: 865471539
Description: 336 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 31 cm
Contents: Aerial awakenings --
Aero Club influence --
Airline underway --
New airport --
Wartime adventures --
Post-war developments --
Advance --
Deregulation and expansion --
Afterword --
Appendices: Air service operators serving the Nelson region since 1935 --
Nelson Airport superintendents, managers, directors & businesses/organisations at Nelson Airport.
Responsibility: Richard Waugh & Graeme McConnell.

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"Aviation's influence 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 pioneering scheduled airline was established at the Stoke Airfield in 1935. The opening of Nelson's new airport at Tahunanui in 1938, close to the city centre, was a key milestone for the region's social, economic and tourism future. The airport led to a wartime air force station and a growing post-war airline scene. It became the main commercial aviation centre for the upper South Island, including helicopter work. Illustrated by many rare photographs, this book tells the story of Nelson aviation - its aircraft, personalities, innovations and events - and how it helped develop the whole sunny province. Nelson Airport serves more than 750,000 passengers annually, is the hub for the country's largest regional airline and is the fourth busiest airport for scheduled flights in New Zealand."--Publisher description.

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