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This is an auction for GEORGE BOLT: AVIATION PIONEER by E F Harvie.

"Aviation proper began in New Zealand in 1911, when Vivian Walsh made the country's first powered, sustained and controlled flight at Papakura in a Howard-Wright biplane. In 1913 Vivian and his brother Leo began to build their own flying boat, which first took off from the waters of Waitemata Harbour on 1 January 1915. In the following year the Walsh brothers were talked into taking on, as an apprentice aero-mechanic, a very young Dunedin-born Christchurch boy named George Bolt, who was destined to become their chief pilot and a brilliant aircraft engineer. This is the story of George Bolt's pioneer days, from his first experiments with hot-air balloons and elastic-powered model aeroplanes, through his successful full-scale glider trials before WWI, and through 1 September 1924 when the Government took over the Walshes' enterprise and New Zealand's civil aviation went into the doldrums. That pioneer period is the subject of this book. His career reached its peak when, in 1944, he was appointed Chief Engineer to TEAL, the airline that is today's Air New Zealand. George Bolt was a superb pilot and a brilliant engineer. Above all, he was a great gentleman - drily humorous and of a spendid natural dignity and authority - and this book is worthy of the man."

Large format * hardback 1974.

* 23cms x 29cms.

176 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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