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THIS IS THE STORY of a car salesman from Ingleood,near New Plymouth, who became an air commodore in the RNZAF, then chief executive and, finally, chairman of Air New Zealand. The biography of Sir Geoffrey Roberts is, in many respects, a history of TEAL and ANZ. To a degree, too, it is the story of the war years of the RNZAF.

Yet the man who was to become known as "the Father of Air New Zealand" had to cross the world to Britain in the 1930s to train as a pilot, so bereft was New Zealand then of opportunities to learn to fly. Once he had gained his wings, he was posted to the legendary, romantic passes of India's North-West. Frontier, an unexpected place to find the RAF on air patrol.

This was a strange beginning to a career avowedly dedicated not to flying planes as such, but to helping from behind a desk or boardroom table others to do the job.
From the flying boats of TEAL to the jumbo jet age, from RNZAF to the Erebus crash, Sir Geoffrey has either a tale to tell or especially in the case of later developments within a strong, relevant opinion to give. He puts the past, present and future of Air New Zealand into perspective, and gives his own verdict on the Erebus disaster.

Noel Holmes is the perfect guide. Not only he a talented writer and friend of Sir Geoffrey but, as official war correspondent, he visited everywhere in the Pacific where the RNZAF served, reporting on many events.

First edition 1982, 196pages, hardback in good condition
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