Virtual Museum - New Zealand Aviation Books
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NAIRN Don, GOLD WINGS AND WEBBED FEET, 1996, Craig Printing Co Ltd., 292pp, illus. The autobiography of a New Zealand pilot who flew in the Fleet Air Arm in WW2 plus float planes in Fiordland.

NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION OF NEW ZEALAND, NAC AIR ATLAS OF NEW ZEALAND, Circa 1966 prior to arrival of Boeing 737, NAC, 16 pages, illus., soft cover.  Includes Viscount ZK-BRE over Southern Alps on cover with good colour photo of Viscount cockpit inside. Cover mat.

NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION OF NEW ZEALAND, NAC AIR ATLAS OF NEW ZEALAND, Circa 1966 prior to arrival of Boeing 737, NAC, 16 pages, illus., soft cover. Includes Viscount ZK-BRE over Southern Alps on cover with good colour photo of Viscount cockpit inside. Cover glossy and differs from other Atlas (above).

NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION OF NEW ZEALAND, NAC AIR ATLAS OF NEW ZEALAND, Circa 1967-68 prior to arrival of Boeing 737, NAC, 16 pages, illus., soft cover.  Includes details on Boeing 737 before its arrival, plus superimposed 737 over Wellington on cover

NEW ZEALAND AVIATION MUSEUM TRUST, CLASSIC FIGHTERS MARLBOROUGH 2001 AIRSHOW PROGRAMME, 2001, New Zealand Aviation Museum Trust, 32pp., illus., soft cover.

NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE, KIWI RED 75 SQUADRON RNZAF, 1989/90, NZ Defence Force, 10pp, colour photos and illustration showing manoeuvres.  This A4 booklet gives a brief description of the history of 75 Squadron from RFC and RAF days through to the RNZAF.  It also covers the history of RNZAF aerobatic teams.  The booklet is signed by all six Skyhawk pilots and three of the support staff.

NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE, RNZAF BASE WIGRAM CLOSING PARADE 14 SEPTEMBER 1995, 1995, New Zealand Defence Force, 12pp, illus., soft cover booklet in A4 format.  Includes welcoming address by G L Wood (Base Commander), programme, Parade appointments, the Band, the Queens Colours of the RNZAF, the Ceremony of Beating Retreat, 94/1 Pilots Course Graduation, The Graduands, list of Base Commanders of RNZAF Base Wigram, and a brief history showing early and late photos.

NEW ZEALAND HOME GUARD HEADQUARTERS NO. 7 AREA NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND HOME GUARD MANUAL, 1941, 228pp., drawings, in boards, no d.j., rare. This manual, approved by Major-General R Young, Dominion Commander, Home Guard, covers drill, small arms training, fieldcraft, mapping and reconnaissance, field engineering, signalling and messages, elementary tactics, transport, etc. There are some interesting entries on how to blow up railway lines, make Molotov Cocktails and disable tanks. Also describes what to do if attacked by aircraft.

NICHOLL G. W. R., THE SUPERMARINE WALRUS - THE STORY OF A UNIQUE AIRCRAFT, 1966 (1st edition), G T Foulis & Co Ltd, 211pp, illus., d.j. Book covers, development, handling characteristics, ship operation, use in various battles including North and South Atlantic, Mediterranean, Pacific and Indian Oceans, details of sorties, and the aircraft’s retirement. Rare. Includes photo of Walrus K8558 being catapulted off HMNZS Leander in Marlborough Sounds.

NICHOLS Sue, 50 YEARS OF FLYING – COMMEMORATIVE BOOKLET TO MARK THE CANTERBURY AERO CLUB’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY, 1978, Canterbury Aero Club, 16pp., illus., soft cover.

NICHOLSON John, THE EXTRAORDINARY, ORDINARY STUDENT PILOT, 1983, John Nicholson, 140pp, illus, d.j., signed by author. A personal account of a student pilots's training as well as some history of South Canterbury aviation.

NOBLE L M, SIR HENRY WIGRAM - A PIONEER OF AVIATION IN NEW ZEALAND, 1952, Whitcombe & Tombs, 145pp, illus, ex-RNZAF Te Rapa library (book No 1). The story of how one man succeeded in making the government and the people of New Zealand aware of the importance of aviation, both for defence and civil purposes.
NORBY KING J., GREEN KIWI VERSUS GERMAN EAGLE, 1991, Norby King, 252pp, illus, soft-cover. The story of a pilot in the RNZAF who trained in New Zealand and Canada and went on to fly with 485 Spitfire Squadron.

NORMAN Peter, ROLL OF HONOUR – WAIRARAPA’S AIRCREW – THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO SERVED IN TWO WORLD WARS, 2003, Bowstring Press, 19pp., no illus., soft-cover.

NORMAN Peter, WITH 14 SQUADRON AT MASTERTON’S HOOD AERODROME – AN INFORMAL HISTORY, 2002, Bowstring Press, 25pp., illus., soft-cover.  A brief history of the formation of 14 Squadron RNZAF.

NORMAN Peter, TIGER MOTHS & BUTTERFLIES – WITH THE AIRFORCE IN WAR AND PEACE, 2003, Hazard Press, 136pp., illus., soft-cover.  This autobiography covers the author’s experiences from school, flying training in New Zealand, conversion to Corsair fighters and flying in the Pacific.

OGDEN Bob, GREAT AIRCRAFT COLLECTIONS OF THE WORLD, 1986, Grange Books, 200pp., fully illus, d.j. This glossy pictorial book presents in one volume the cream of the world’s 700 public aircraft museums. In all, 70 collections in 23 countries are listed and illustrated with 230 photographs. Includes section on the Museum of Transport and Technology, New Zealand.

OGILVIE Gordon, THE RIDDLE OF RICHARD PEARCE, 1973 (1974), A H & A W Reed, 251pp, 27 illus, 7 diag. Biography of Richard Pearce and development of aircraft.

OLDHAM Geoffrey P & DELAHUNT Brett, ORDERS, DECORATIONS AND MEDALS AWARDED TO NEW ZEALANDERS – AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE FOR COLLECTORS, 1991, Geoffrey P Oldham, 115pp., illus (including colour), soft cover.  A fully illustrated reference work that gives values and supporting information.  In the 14 years since the publication of the book, it is interesting to note that values have pretty much increased 80 to 100%.  In April 2005 a second-hand copy of this book was selling for US$115.00!
ORANGE Vincent, THE ROAD TO BIGGIN HILL, 1987, Mallinson Rendel, 192pp, illus. Biography of Wing Commander Johnny Checketts, a New Zealander who joined up the RNZAF during the war, flew Spitfires for the 485 Squadron in England , and then returned to the RNZAF.

ORANGE Vincent, STRAIGHT AND LEVEL, 1993, Grub Street, 306pp, illus. The biography of Air Chief Marshall Sir Kenneth 'Bing" Cross, KCB, CBE, DSO, DFC.

ORANGE Vincent, CONINGHAM, 1990, Methuen, 292pp, illus, ex-library, d.j. A biography of Air Marshall Sir Arthur Coningham, who was born in Australia, brought up in New Zealand, flew as a fighter pilot and was commander of Anglo-American air forces in WWII.

ORANGE Vincent, ENSOR'S ENDEAVOUR, 1994, Grub Street, 190pp, illus, d.j. The story of Mick Ensor, a New Zealander born and bred in rural Canterbury. Ensor flew as a pilot with Coastal Command on U-boat operations, was involved in the Berlin Airlift and later flew jets and gliders before returning to New Zealand

ORANGE Vincent, SIR KEITH PARK, 1984 (reprint 1985), Methuen, 301pp, illus, d.j. in plastic, presentation copy. The Story of Sir Keith Park, a New Zealander, who was responsible for Britain's survival during the Battle of Britain.

PARR Alison, SILENT CASUALTIES – NEW ZEALAND’S UNSPOKEN LEGACY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, 1995, Tandem Press, 200pp., illus., soft cover. Seven New Zealanders talk about the post-war lives and of the disruption, pain and the distress they endured in silence as a result of surviving years of horror.  Includes the stories of RNZAF pilots and has press clipping of book review from “The Press”.

PATTERSON Doug & WALLACE Jim, THE PATTERSON FILES, 1997, New Zealand Wings, 212pp, illus, soft cover. The story of New Zealander, Doug Patterson, who was the last General Manger of NAC.

PEARCE E. W. (Chairman of Promotional Committee), PROGRAMME BOOKLET – FIRST INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL AVIATION SHOW, 1956, International Agricultural Aviation Show Committee, 64pp., illus., soft cover. This programme booklet is a rare publication. It includes messages from T. P. Shand (Minister of Civil Aviation), Hon. K. J. Holyoake (Minister of Agriculture), and G. Tremaine (Mayor of Palmerston North). This show was held 9-10 November 1956 and had 121 exhibitors. Booklet includes history and statistics of agricultural aviation in New Zealand.

PEARCY Arthur, FIFTY GLORIOUS YEARS - A PICTORIAL TRIBUTE TO THE DOUGLAS DC3 1935 - 1985, 1985 (1st ed.), Airlife, 168pp., illus., d.j. This first edition book is printed on quality gloss paper and includes excellent photographs of the DC3 in civilian and military colours. Also included is a photo of ZK-AOD in NAC scheme, RNZAF NZ3552, and Antarctic RD4s.

PEAT Neville, HURRICANE TIM, 2005, Longacre Press, 252pp., illus., d.j., signed by Sir Tim Wallis. Biography of Sir Tim Wallis, helicopter and warbird pilot who initiated Warbirds Over Wanaka.

PENTLAND Geoffrey, THE P-40 KITTYHAWK IN SERVICE, 1974, Kookaburra Technial Publications, 66pp., illus., colour plates, d.j. Chapters include P-40s in the desert, second-best fighter, desperate days, fighter-bomber.  A significant amount of the photos cover the P-40 in Australian Pacific service, and there are photos of RNZAF aircaft, including “Wairarapa Wildcat” flown by NZ ace Geoff Fisken.

PHILLIPS Tony, GATEWAY TO THE ICE – CHRISTCHURCH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – ANTARCTIC AIR LINKS FROM 1955, 2001, Christchurch International Airport Ltd, 112pp., illus., map, soft cover.  Good pictorial coverage of aircraft types taking part in Operation Deepfreeze.  Includes NZ aircraft, crashes, and a comprehensive list of aircraft that have provided Antarctic support since 1955.

PHILLIPS Tony, WITH GREAT FORESIGHT – THE STORY OF CHRISTCHURCH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, 2006, Christchurch International Airport Ltd, 224pp., illus., hardback, new, $60.00 (April 2007).


PRIDAY, H. E. L., THE WAR FROM COCONUT SQUARE, 1945, A. H. & A. W. Reed, 144pp., illus., soft cover.  A rare publication on the defence of the island bases of the South Pacific.

PRIEST, Elaine; BELLINI, Bruce; DOBSON Peter, BELL BLOCK – A LOCAL AVIATION HISTORY, 2003, New Plymouth Aero Club, 191pp., soft cover, includes CD of oral history.  Comprehensive coverage of the New Plymouth Aero Club (Inc) from 1928 to 2003, WWII base and civil activities.

PUGH A. G. E., A FISTFUL OF SPARKS, 1998, Wing Commander A.G.E.(Butch) Pugh, 269 pp., illus., soft cover, new. Wing Commander Pugh trained as a Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner in Canada in 1940 and went on to complete 35 bombing missions in No. 75 (NZ) Squadron Wellingtons. Commissioned at Cranwell in February 1943, he was posted to Coastal Command and completed another 35 opeations with New Zealand anti-submarine ace Wing Commander M. A. Ensor. After the war, he flew with BOAC and ten with No. 41 Squadron for duty on the Berlin Air Lift.  This book covers his ten years in the RNZAF.

PUGH A.G.E., AN AIRMAN’S ODYSSEY, 2001, Wing Commander A.G.E.(Butch) Pugh, 105pp., illus., soft cover, new.  This book picks up where Pugh’s first book finished after his initial 10 years in the RNZAF.

RAE Jack, KIWI SPITFIRE ACE – A GRIPPING WORLD WAR II STORY OF ACTION, CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM, 2001, Grub Street, 183pp., illus., d.j. Jack Rae converted to Spitfires in 1941, became an ace and completed 50 operational sorties with 485 (NZ) Squadron.  He was posted to Malta, then back to Biggin Hill, before crashing in France and ending up a POW for 20 months.

RAMSEY Olwyn, WINGS OVER WAIPAPAKAURI – FROM KAURI GUMLAND TO ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE, 2007, Olwyn Ramsey, 196pp., illus., soft cover, appendices, index. Includes photographs and details of early aviation in Northland, Waipapakauri and Kaitaia aerodromes, RNZAF aircraft, maps of base and other military activity during WWII.


RENDEL David, CIVIL AVIATION NEW ZEALAND - AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, 1975, A H & A W Reed, 188pp, illus. Covers ballooning, Pearce, first flights, early schools, Blazing Arrow, Southern Cross, homebuilts, NAC, TEAL, Tourist companies, Air NZ, Agricultural Flying, CAA, airports, Met Service, engineering.

RENNIE Neil, THE SUPER MAN, 1988, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, Auckland, 336pp, one illus, soft cover. An historical novel set in the 1950's around the topdressing industry in New Zealand.

RENNIE Neil, CONQUERING ISOLATION, 1990, Heinemann Reed, 200pp, illus. History of TEAL and Air NZ covering the flying boat era with TEAL through to NAC and up to 1990 747's of Air NZ.

ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE, CONTACT – NATIONAL MAGAZINE OF THE RNZAF, various issues, RNZAF, approx. 80 pages per issue, illus. For further information, click here.

RNZAF, THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE LIST – JANUARY 1945, 1945, E V Paul Government Printer, 143pp, hard-bound photocopy of original.

RNZAF, RNZAF AIRCRAFT WORKERS MANUAL, 1941, RNZAF (printed by Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd), 168pp, illus and diags., soft cover. This rare publication was produced for the RNZAF by courtesy of Fletcher Aircraft. The manual covers fundementals of aircraft construction, aluminium and its alloys, aircraft steel, AC, AN 7 B Standard Parts, riveting and installation, tools, shop plain geometry, sketching and dimensioning, blueprint notes and glossary.

RNZAF, N.C.O. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION NOTES, Circa 1960, 191 typed pages. Notes include Air Force Law, court martial, punishment, Acts and Regulations, organisaion of RNZAF & Air Dept., signals and messages, service correspondance, ranks of officers, conduct of meetings, service writing, fire knowledge, sports, medals & ribbons, RNZAF history, RAF history, weapon training, rifle and bayonet, Bren light machine gun, Sten machine carbine MkII, range practices and dicipline, ballistics, history of revolver and rifle.

RNZAF BASE WIGRAM, RNZAF BASE WIGRAM INFORMATION BOOKLET, Circa 1975 (prior to 1978), RNZAF Base Wigram, 60pp.,  illus., soft cover.  Includes history, layout of base and all trades, services and wings.

RNZAF MUSEUM TRUST BOARD, AIR FORCE WORLD - THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE MUSEUM, 1998, Museum Trust Board, 33pp, illus, soft cover. Souvenir booklet of Air Force World.

RNZAF MUSEUM TRUST BOARD, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE MUSEUM, 1987, 64pp, illus., soft cover.

RNZAF PUBLIC RELATIONS, AIR FORCE DAY 1964, 1964, 30pp., illus., soft cover.

RNZAF PUBLIC RELATIONS, FORMATION OF THE NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE 1923 – 1973, 1973, RNZAF, 16pp., illus., soft cover. Souvenir programme held at Wigram.

RNZAF PUBLIC RELATIONS, AIRFORCE DAY 1981, 1981, 30pp., illus., soft cover.  This booklet and loose-leaf programme were produced for the 1981 Air Force Day at Ohakea.  As well as RNZAF machines, it includes photos of visiting aircraft such as USAF F-15 Eagle, USAF Phantom, RAAF F111C, RAAF Mirage, USAF KC-135, RAAF Canberra and RAF VC10.

RNZAF PUBLIC RELATIONS, THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE – YESTERDAY AND TODAY, 1995, 35pp., illus., soft-cover.  Includes a brief history of the RNZAF, objectives of the RNZAF, the attack element, the maritime element, the transport element, the flying training element, RNZAF bases, RNZAF Museum, RNZAF Base locations on a map of New Zealand, how to find out more about the RNZAF.

ROBERTSON Bruce, BRITISH MILITARY AIRCRAFT SERIALS 1912 - 1969. 1969. Ian Allan Ltd, 330pp, illus., d.j. An excellent reference book with details on aircraft that went to RNZAF.

RODLIFFE C G, RICHARD PEARSE - EARLY NEW ZEALAND PIONEER AVIATOR, 1983, Museum of Transport and Technology, 32pp, illus, soft cover. Includes construction of airplanes, location of flights, witnesses, evaluation of evidence, etc.

RODLIFFE C G, FLIGHT OVER WAITOHI, 1997, Rodcliffe, 32pp, illus, soft cover. This edition is produced as a school teacher’s reference and covers the life and inventions of Richard Pearse, pioneer New Zealand aviator.

RODLIFFE C G, WINGS OVER WAITOHI - THE STORY OF RICHARD PEARSE, 1997 second edition, Avon, 116pp, illus, soft cover. Based on the first edition, the second edition provides further detail than the first.

ROSS J M S, THE ASSAULT ON RABAUL - OPERATIONS OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE DECEMBER 1943 - MAY 1944, 1949, War History Branch Department of Internal Affairs, 33pp, illus, soft cover. Covers fighter squadrons, protecting the bombers, bomber reconnaissance operations and fighter bombers.

ROSS Squadron Leader J M S, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE - OFFICIAL HISTORY, NEW ZEALAND IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 -45, 1955, War History Branch, Dept Internal Affairs, 344pp, illus, maps. The official history of the RNZAF from 1919 through to end of WW2. Incudes training schools, Commonwealth Air Training Plan plus the Solomons campaign.

ROSSITER Sean, THE IMMORTAL BEAVER - THE WORLD'S GREATEST BUSH PLANE, 1996, Douglas & McIntyre, 186pp, illus. The first full account of the history and development of the de Havilland Beaver. Includes history of some New Zealand Beavers.

ROYAL AERO CLUB, THE ENGLAND - CHRISTCHURCH (NEW ZEALAND) AIR RACE 1953 CONDITIONS, January 1951, The Royal Aero Club, 12pp, soft cover. Rules and conditions of the air race issued by the Royal Aero Club and the Canterbury International Air Race Council (Inc).

ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AERO CLUB, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AERO CLUB PAGEANT – MARCH 13 TH 1965, 1965, Royal New Zealand Aero Club, 30pp., illus., soft cover. Programme was for pageant at Ardmore Aerodrome and includes forward from Minister of Aviation and Keith Park with sections on the Auckland Aero Club, an aero club instructor, new horizons in the RNZAF, TEAL, opportunities in agricultural aviation, the flying programme with map, CAA, history of Cessna, and executive and charter flying.
RUDGE, Chris, MISSING! AIRCRAFT MISSING IN NEW ZEALAND 1928-2000, 2001, Adventure Air, 315pp. illus., maps.  Full coverage of aircraft classified as missing in New Zealand which weren't found during the official search period.


RUDGE, Chris, AIR-TO-AIR - THE STORY BEHIND THE AIR-TO-AIR COMBAT CLAIMS OF THE RNZAF, 2003, Adventure Air, 408pp., illus., maps. d.j.  Covers all RNZAF combat claims in Singapore and the Pacific (Solomon Islands and New Guinea) plus full background to all campaigns.

RUSSELL G. A., DYING FOR DEMOCRACY, 1997, Russell, 184pp, illus. A story of RNZAF personeel attached to the RAF during WWII.

RUSSELL Roy, AERIAL CIRCLES, 1985 (1986), Design Com, 142pp, illus, autographed. Fifty years of New Zealand aviation, primary gliders and topdressing.

RUSSELL Stuart & MITCHELL Alex, CLASSIC AIRCRAFT OF NEW ZEALAND, 2003, Reed Publsihing, 232pp., illus., soft cover.  Alphabetical listing giving photographs data and history of popular classic aircraft in New Zealand.

RUSSELL Warren P., N.Z.P.A.F. & R.N.Z.A.F. AIRCRAFT COLOUR SCHEMES – VOLUME 1, 1984, New Zealand Aero Products, 136pp, illus, ring-bound, good cond. Marking, photographs and histories of Airtrainer, Oxford, Consul, Austers, Avro 504, Avro 626, Anson, Strikemaster, Sioux and Bleriot.  Also includes summaries of NZ miltary aircraft and serial numbers.
RUSSELL Warren P., N.Z.P.A.F. & R.N.Z.A.F. AIRCRAFT COLOUR SCHEMES - CORSAIR, 1984, New Zealand Aero Products, 184pp, illus, ring-bound. Marking, photographs and histories of Chance Vought, F4U-1/F4U-1D and Goodyear FG-1D Corsairs.

RYAN A P, FLYING WEATHER – MANUAL OF NEW ZEALAND AVIATION CLIMATOLOGY, 1984, New Zealand Meteorological Service, 120pp., illus., soft cover.
SANDERS James, VENTURER COURAGEOUS, 1983, Hutchinson, 266pp, illus. Biography of Group Captain Leonard Trent DFS.

SANDERS James,  A LONG PATROL, 1986, Century Huctinson, 148pp, illus. An illustrated history of No 1 squadron RNZAF.

SANDERS James, OF WIND AND WATER, 1989, Mallinson Rendel, 146pp, illus. The story of a Kiwi pilot in Coastal Command.

SAUNDERS Hilary A St.George, RETURN AT DAWN, 1942, E V Paul Government Printer Wellington, 52pp (no pagation), illus, good cond, softcover booklet. The official story of the New Zealand Bomber Squadron of the RAF from June 1939 to July 1942.

SCHOLTE Henrik, WE FLEW TO CHRISTCHURCH - THE STORY OF A MEMORABLE LONG DISTANCE FLIGHT, 1954, The Hague, 92pp, illus. England New Zealand Air Race 1953 from the viewpoint of a competitor - KLM Airlines.

SCOTT Desmond, TYPHOON PILOT, 1982 (1st ed), Leo Cooper, 168pp, illus. The story of an ace RNZAF fighter pilot. Includes press clippings and book review.

SCOTT Desmond, ONE MORE HOUR, 1989 (1st ed), Hutchinson, 143pp, illus, excel. cond., d.j. Sequel to Typhoon Pilot. Most decorated New Zealander flying in the RAF.
SHEARS Doug, DAMN MY TWO LEFT FEET AND HOW I FLEW WITH THEM!  - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A TIMARU AVIATION PIONEER, 2001, Jeff Mill & Assoc, 182pp, illus, new, soft cover.  Signed by author.  Commemorative issue.  Doug Shears joined the RNZAF and flew Wellington bombers in WWII.  In 1955 he started Helicopters New Zealand Ltd and was the first Kiwi to fly helicopters commercially in the USA.

SHEDDAN C J, with FRANKS Norman, TEMPEST PILOT, 1993 (1997), Grub Street, 194pp, illus, new, soft cover. The story of RNZAF Tempest Pilot, Jimmy Sheddan , DFC.

SHEEHAN Paul, THE AIRCRAFT OF AIR NEW ZEALAND AND AFFILIATES SINCE 1940, 2003, Transpress, 237pp, illus., d.j. 

SHOAL Bay Press (pub), WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA '94, 1994, Shoal Bay Press in association with the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum, 96pp, illus, new, soft cover. Pictorial of the 1994 Warbirds over Wanaka Air Show.

SHORES Christopher, BLOODY SHAMBLES – THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF AIR OPERATIONS OVER SOUTH-EAST ASIA DECEMBER 1941-APRIL 1942 – VOLUME ONE – THE DRIFT TO WAR TO THE FALL OF SINGAPORE, 1992, Grubb Street, 392pp., illus., d.j.  Covers No. 488 Squadron (RNZAF) operations in Singapore.

SHORES Christopher and Clive Williams, ACES HIGH  – A TRIBUTE TO THE MOST NOTABLE FIGHTER PILOTS OF THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH AIR FORCES IN WWII, 1999, Grub Street, 663., illus.  Nearly 1220 brief biographies cover pilots from the UK and 16 other nations.  Each entry includes details sich as place of birth, training, postings, claims, date of death etc.  Also includes details on RAF Squadrons.  Essential reference work for anyone researching WWII pilots.  Includes many New Zealanders.

SINCLAIR Roy, NEW ZEALAND AVIATION YARNS, 1994, Grantham House, 196pp, sketches. A collection of stories about New Zealand aviation from pilots, engineers and cabin crew.

SINCLAIR Roy, JOURNEYING WITH AVIATORS IN NEW ZEALAND, 1998, Random House, 290pp, illus, new, soft cover. The stories of a election of New Zealanders whose lives have been enriched by aeroplanes. Includes Aline Quin, Gerald Grocott, Colin Smith, Gerald Brown, Jack Shorthouse, Murray Thomas, Pam Collings, Richard Rayward, Ken Fenwick, Isobel Storey, Fred Ladd, Lawry Hanafin, Tim Wallis, Bill Black, Popeye Lucas, and Cathy Pegg.

SMITH Peter C., JUNGLE DIVE BOMBERS AT WAR, 1987, John Murray Publishers, 182pp., illus., d.j. This book covers the use of dive-bombers throughout the Pacific war and includes New Zealand aircraft.

SORTEHAUG Paul, THE WILD WINDS, 1998, Otago University Press, 396pp, illus., new. The history of number 486 RNZAF Fighter Squadron with the RAF.

SPURDLE Bob, THE BLUE ARENA, 1986, William Kimber & Co., 249pp, illus. The story of a New Zealand pilot who began with 74 Spitfire Squadron, then went to 91 Squadron before returning to NZ to fight in the Pacific. Before the war ended, he returned to the UK and was CO in 80 Squadron. As far as is known Bob Spurdle is one of only three New Zealand pilots to destroy enemy aircraft in both the Battle of Britain and the Pacific.

STAFFORD Don, FLYING THE THERMAL SKIES, 1983, Holmes, 295pp, illus, autographed. History of aviation in Rotorua.

STANNAGE John, HIGH ADVENTURE, 1944, H W Bullivant & Co, 195pp, paperback, good cond, autographed. Kingsford-Smith's radio operator.

STARTUP Bill & ILLINGWORTH Neil, THE KAIKOURA UFOs, 1980, Hodder and Stoughton, 209pp, illus., d.j., good condition. The first encounter with UFOs recorded on film and supported by visual and radar observation.

STEVENS Bob, FLYING HOME – A HISTORY OF AVIATION IN NELSON, 1985, Nelson Mail Promotions Ltd, 108pp, illus., soft cover.

ST JOHN Turner P., HANDBOOK OF THE VICKERS VISCOUNT, 1968, Ian Allan, 170pp., illus., d.j.  This book is probably THE most collectible book on the Viscount.  Includes photographs of ZK-BRD and ZK-BRE in NAC colours, large number of photos of other operators and good cockpit shots.  Full details provided on performance, weights, dimensions, variants and individual ownership of 459 aircraft constructed.
STRANGE Glyn, NO GLORY WITHOUT EFFORT – PAS DE GLOIRE SANS EFFORT, 2004, Clerestory Press, 56pp., illus., soft cover.  The story of the loss of a 75 (NZ) Squadron Lancaster bomber in France during WWII.
SUTHERLAND James, HESS - A KIWI MALTA ACE, 2000, Regal Books, 170pp, illus., d.j. This biography concerns the life of one of New Zealand’s top fighter aces of World War Two. Ray Hesselyn - “Hess” to his friends - was one of the first pilots to ferry spitfires on to the besieged island of Malta. he became the only New Zealander to be awarded the D.F.M. and Bar. This is the story of courage and determination of a gallant New Zealander.

TAIT Cliff, FLIGHT OF THE KIWI, 1970, Whitcombe and Tombs, 183pp, illus. Flight around the world in a single engined aeroplane.

TAIT Cliff, WATER UNDER MY WINGS, 1980, Hamilton, 268pp, illus. First amateur pilot to fly around world. Airtrainer, NZ aerospace Chief Pilot. Fletcher

TAYLOR Nancy M. OFFICIAL HISTORY, THE NEW ZEALAND PEOPLE AT WAR, THE HOME FRONT – VOLUME I, 1986, V R Ward Government Printer, 662pp., illus., d.j., very good cond. The Home Front is the final title in the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War and is a study of life in New Zealand. Includes photographs of aircraft and munitions production.

TAYLOR Nancy M. OFFICIAL HISTORY, THE NEW ZEALAND PEOPLE AT WAR, THE HOME FRONT – VOLUME II, 1986, V R Ward Government Printer, 668pp., illus., d.j. The Home Front is the final title in the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War and is a study of life in New Zealand. Includes photographs of aircraft and munitions production.

THE THIRD DIVISION HISTORIES COMMITTEE, PACIFIC SERVICE – THE STORY OF THE NEW ZEALAND ARMY SERVICE CORPS UNITS WITH THE THIRD DIVISION IN THE PACIFIC, 1948, A H & A W Reed, 142pp., illus., no d.j.  Covers the operations of the Third Division in the Solomon Islands and their actions on Vella Lavella, Treasury Islands and Green Islands.

THOMAS Geoffrey & FORBES SMITH Christine, AIR NEW ZEALAND FLIGHTPATHS – A TALE ABOUT AN AIRLINE AND AN INDUSTRY, 2004, Aerospace Technical Publications, 232pp, illus., soft cover.  A glossy publication that looks at history of Air New Zealand, aircraft world operators use, and world market factors.

THOMPSON H L, NEW ZEALANDERS WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE (Vol 1) - NEW ZEALAND IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-45, 1953, War History Branch, Internal Affairs, R E Owen Govt Printer, 408pp, illus. The official history of New Zealander's with the RAF.

THOMPSON H L, NEW ZEALANDERS WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE (Vol 2) - NEW ZEALAND IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-45, 1956, War History Branch, Internal Affairs, R E Owen Govt Printer, 484pp, illus. The official history of New Zealander's with the RAF.

THOMPSON H L, NEW ZEALANDERS WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE (Vol 3) - NEW ZEALAND IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-45, 1959, War History Branch, Internal Affairs, R E Owen Govt Printer, 410pp, illus. The official history of New Zealander's with the RAF.

THOMPSON H L, NEW ZEALANDERS WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE (Vol 1) - NEW ZEALAND IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-45, 1953, War History Branch, Internal Affairs, R E Owen Govt Printer, 408pp, illus, leather bound. The official history of New Zealander's with the RAF. Leather bound edition owned by Sir Keith Park.
THOMPSON H L, NEW ZEALANDERS WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE (Vol 2) - NEW ZEALAND IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-45, 1956, War History Branch, Internal Affairs, R E Owen Govt Printer, 484pp, illus, leather bound. The official history of New Zealander's with the RAF. Leather bound edition owned by Sir Keith Park.
THOMPSON H L, NEW ZEALANDERS WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE (Vol 3) - NEW ZEALAND IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-45, 1959, War History Branch, Internal Affairs, R E Owen Govt Printer, 410pp, illus, leather bound. The official history of New Zealander's with the RAF. Leather bound edition owned by Sir Keith Park.

THOMPSON Martyn & CLEMENTS Alice, WHERE NEW ZEALAND TOUCHES THE WORLD – FROM FARM PADDOCK TO SOUTH PACIFIC HUB – A HISTORY OF AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, 2003, Pearson Education New Zealand Limited, 346pp., illus., d.j.  Covers first flights, Mangere post 1928, flying boats, construction 1960-65, operations, and operating companies.

TOOTELL Betty, ALL FOUR ENGINES HAVE FAILED, 1985, Hutchinson, 178pp, illus. Flight BA009 over Jakarta after running through a volcanic cloud that stopped all four engines of a B747.

TROLLOPE Ramon K, TIGER COUNTRY - A CHRONOLOGY OF AN AERODROME AND RNZAF HAREWOOD PART ONE - THE TAKE-OVER, 1998, R K Trollope, 363pp, illus, dj. This chronology of the Harewood aerodrome and the RNZAF Station describes the decision to build a Municipal Airport for Christchurch, Galbraith Report, selection and development of the site, changes planned in the event of war, take over by the RNZAF, building the new station, establishment of the Elementary Flying Training School, recruit training school, No.3 General Reconnaissance Squadron, arrival of the WAAF, influence of Sir Robert Clark-Hall, Stationpersonnel, casualties and aircraft. Over 150 photographs plus illustrations, diagrams and maps enliven the stories as told by men and women who either served at Harewood or were associated with them.

TROLLOPE Ramon K, TIGER COUNTRY - A CHRONOLOGY OF AN AERODROME AND RNZAF HAREWOOD PART TWO - UP IN ARMS, 1998, R K Trollope, 309pp, illus, dj. This chronological story continues from December 1941 to December 1943 describing: Response to the invasion threat, No.3 GR Squadron on patrols, formation of the No.43 Light Bomber Squadron, Anti Aircraft Flight, assembly of Lockheed Hudson bombers and Kittyhawk fighters, Aerodrome Defence Unit, Dispered Camps, New C.O. Wing Commander Gordon Coull, flying fatalities, establishment of the No.3 Repair Depot, Station personnel and A/P Course Lists, casulaties.

TROLLOPE Ramon K, TIGER COUNTRY - A CHRONOLOGY OF AN AERODROME AND RNZAF HAREWOOD PART THREE - AIRMEN AND AIRCRAFT GALORE, 1998, R K Trollope, 289pp, illus, dj. The chronological trilogy concludes covering 1944, 1945, the closing in 1946, and the aftermath. Expanded flying and ground training courses, new emphasis on future single engine pilots, steady stream of Airpseed Oxford and Harvard aircraft through the No.3 Repair Depot, Air Training Corps Camps, Harvesting Units, two new Commanding Officers Wing Commanders EAA Moen, AFC, and RD Max, DSO, DFC, sporting and cultural activities, big snow of July 1945, VE and VJ Day celebrations, closing the station, begining of a new era, stationa personnel, A/P Course lists, price of victory.

TURNER John Frayn, V. C.'s OF THE AIR, 1960 (1961), George Harrap, 187pp, illus, spine damaged, in plastic d.j., torn pages, ex library. Includes New Zealand pilots who were awarded the V.C.

UDY Allan (Ed), CLASSIC FIGHTERS MARLBOROUGH 2005 – SOUVENIR EDITION, 2005, Golden Micro Solutions, 104pp., fully illlus. In colour, soft cover A-5 format.  A quality booklet with a full range of excellent photographs of aircraft and ground action during the 2005 show.

VETTE Gordon, IMPACT EREBUS, 1983 (1st ed), Hodder & Stoughton, 347pp, illus. Story of the Air New Zealand flight 901 to Antarctica.

WAGTENDONK W. J., PRINCIPLES OF HELICOPTER FLIGHT, 1992 (revised 1996), Aviation Supplies and Academics, 276pp, diags., soft cover. A comprehensive manual covering aerodynamics and technical knowledge relating to helicopter flight.

WANGANUI AERO CLUB, WANGANUI AERO CLUB – 50 YEARS 1929 – 1979, 1979, Wanganui Newspapers Ltd., 48pp., illus., soft cover, good cond. but faded. This booklet covers the history of the Wanganui Aero Club in a newspaper form. Items include opening of airport, foundation members, early pilots and instructors, five famous WWII ferry pilots who learnt to fly at the club (Hunter, Black, Winstone, Furkett, Howden), aircraft, commercial school, accidents, and pageants.

WARBIRDS Over Wanaka Ltd (pub), WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA, 1996, , 96pp, illus, soft cover. A photographic coverage of the 1996 Warbirds over Wanaka air display

WARBIRDS Over Wanaka Ltd (pub), WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW 1998, 1998, Warbirds Over Wanaka Ltd., 44pp., illus., soft cover. The official programme for the airshow.

WARBIRDS Over Wanaka Ltd (pub), WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW 2000, 2000, Warbirds Over Wanaka Ltd., 50pp., illus., soft cover. The official programme for the airshow.

WARBIRDS Over Wanaka Ltd (pub), WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW 2002, 2002, Warbirds Over Wanaka Ltd., 50pp., illus., soft cover. The official programme for the airshow.

WARD Richard, NORTH AMERICAN MUSTANG IN RAF, RAAF, SAAF, RNZAF, RCAF AND FOREIGN SERVICE, 1969, Osprey Publications, 48pp., illus (photos and profiles). This booklet is No. 3 in the Aircam Aviation Series.

WASLEY Don, AIRWAYS OF NEW ZEALAND, 1964, A H & A W Reed, 32pp, illus with sketches. Covers early flying through to DC3's, Viscounts and Friendships of NAC.

WATKINS David, DE HAVILLAND VAMPIRE – THE COMPLETE HISTORY, 1996, Sutton Publishing, 271pp., illus., soft cover. The most comprehensive book on the de Havilland Vampire published. Covers history, all marks, and use by various countries, including New Zealand.

WAUGH Brian, TURBULENT YEARS, 1991, Hazard Press, 229pp, illus. RAF, commercial flying in England, Christchurch, West Coast and Southern Lakes.
WAUGH Richard (Ed), WHEN THE COAST IS CLEAR, 1994, Richard Waugh, 80pp, illus. The story of New Zealand's first and most unique licensed scheduled air service - South Westland 1934 - 1967.

WAUGH Ricahrd (Ed), STRAIT ACROSS, 1995, Richard Waugh, 80pp, illus.  The pioneering story of Cook Strait Aviation.

WAUGH Richard (Ed), EARLY RISERS, 1997, Richard Waugh, 92pp, illus., new. The pioneering story of Gisborne and Hawkes Bay Aviation.

WAUGH Richard (Ed), ELECTRA FLYING, 1998, Waugh, 120pp, illus., hardback, new. The Lockheed 10 electra in New Zealand and the pioneering of the Main Trunk Air Service.

WAUGH Richard & LAYNE Peter, SPANZ – SOUTH PACIFIC AIRLINE OF NEW ZEALAND AND THEIR DC-3 VIEWMASTERS, 2000, Waugh, 150pp, illus. A well illustrated book on the history of SPANZ including foundation, places flown from, operation, Viewmasters, engineering, hostesses and the battle for survival.

WAUGH Richard with Bruce Gavin, Peter Layne & Graeme McConnell, TAKING OFF – PIONEERING SMALL AIRLINES OF NEW ZEALAND 1945 – 1970, 2003, The Kynaston Charitable Trust in conjuction with Craig Publishing, 228pp., illus.  A well-illustrated and comprehensive book.

WAUGH Richard, KAIMAI CRASH – NEW ZEALAND’S WORST INTERNAL AIR DISASTER, 2003, Kynaston Charitable Trust in conjunction with Craig Printing Company, 64pp., illus., soft cover.  Covers details of flight, passengers and crew, history of aircraft, etc.

WAUGH Richard, LOST WITHOUT TRACE? BRIAN CHADWICK AND THE MISSING DRAFONFLY, Kynaston Charitable Trust, 216pp., illus., hardback, no d.j., signed by author. This is the story of the de Havilland Dragonfly ZK-AFB and Brian Chadwick, who went missing on a flight from Harewood (Christchurch) to Milford Sound on 12 February 1962 along with four tourists.

WAUGH Richard (with Peter Payne and Graeme McConnell), NAC – THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION 1947 – 1978, 2007, The Kynaston Charitable Trust in conjunction with Craig Printing Company, 320pp., illus., hardback.


WEARNE Max, THE LIFE OF GUY MENZIES – THE FORGOTTEN FLYER, 2005, Max Wearne, 160pp., illus., d.j., new, signed by author.  Menzies was the first pilot to fly across the Tasman Sea solo.

WELLS G N, HEAD IN THE CLOUDS, 1973 (1st ed), Hodder & Stoughton, 253pp, 56 illus, mint cond, d.j. from Sopwith Pups to DC10's. An absorbing account of an engineer's fifty years in aviation.

WELLS Kevin W, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE NEW ZEALAND SPITFIRE SQUADRON, 1984 (1st ed), Hutchinson, 168pp, fully illus, d.j. A stage by stage look at 485 under different squadron leaders.

WEYER Kurt & EHRLICH Hans Jurgen, THE BLACK RAIDER, 1955, Elek Books, 200pp., illus., good cond but d.j a bit tatty.  Covers the voyages of the Raider Orion, which mined New Zealand harbours in WWII and attacked ships.  Includes details of Arado aircraft it carried in New Zealand waters.

WHEELER P. J., WEDNESDAY BOMBER BOYS – RAF BOMBER COMMAND ASSOCIATION NEW ZEALAND, 2005, RAF Bomber Command Assn New Zealand, 95pp., illus., soft cover. Details the restoration of the MOTAT Lancaster and the stories of the ex-WWII bomber pilots and crew who worked on the aircraft.

WHITE Leo, FIGHTERS - RNZAF IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, 1945 (1st impression), White’s Aviation, 48pp, illus, soft cover. The story of the RNZAF climbing the Solomon ladder in the South Pacific. Rare publication.

WHITE Leo, WINGSPREAD - THE PIONEERING OF AVIATION IN NEW ZEALAND, 1941, Unity Press Ltd, 191pp, 38 illus. Aviation from ballooning, first aeroplanes, flying schools, distance flights, aero clubs, commercial flying, trans-Tasman, gliding and parachuting

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 2 1948, 1948, Whites Aviation Ltd, 160pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 3 1949, 1949, Whites Aviation Ltd, 172pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 10 1958-59, 1959, Whites Aviation Ltd, 152pp., hard cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 11 1960, 1960, Whites Aviation Ltd, 154pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 17 1966, 1966, Whites Aviation Ltd, 178pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 18 1967, 1967, Whites Aviation Ltd, 184pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 19 1968, 1968, Whites Aviation Ltd, 196pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 20 1969, 1969, Whites Aviation Ltd, 200pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 21 1970, 1970, Whites Aviation Ltd, 212pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 23 1972, 1972, Whites Aviation Ltd, 210pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 24 1973, 1973, Whites Aviation Ltd, 216pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 25 1974, 1974, Whites Aviation Ltd, 232pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 26 1975, 1975, Whites Aviation Ltd, 240pp., soft cover.  Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 34 1983, 1983, Whites Aviation Ltd, 244pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 35 1984, 1984, Whites Aviation Ltd, 246pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WHITES AVIATION, WHITES AIR DIRECTORY No. 38 1987, 1987, Whites Aviation Ltd, 264pp., soft cover. Includes details on NZ aircraft, Who’s who, organisations, etc. Good reference book.

WIGLEY Harry, SKI-PLANE ADVENTURE, 1965, 37 illus. Pioneer aircraft, barnstorming, wartime training, Bougainville, rescues, air safaris, skiplanes.

WIGLEY Harry, THE MOUNT COOK WAY, 1979, Collins, 218pp, illus. The first fifty years of the Mount Cook Company including early days in aviation and the airline.

WILLIAMS Robin & Tom, GREYMOUTH AERO CLUB – GOLDEN JUBLIEE BOOKLET 1933 – 1983, 1983, Greymouth Aero Club, 40pp, illus, soft cover. This 50th Jubilee booklet gives details of current and early members, early history and formation, early map and data, as well as photographs of aircraft and accidents.

WILLS Philip, WHERE NO BIRDS FLY, 1961, Newnes, 141pp, illus. Gliding around the world and in New Zealand.

WILSON Ewan, DOGFIGHT, 1996, Howling at the Moon, 170pp, illus b/w., paperback, autographed. The inside story of the Kiwi Airlines collapse.

WINCHESTER Jim, DOUGLAS A-4 SKYHAWK – ATTACK & CLOSE-SUPPORT FIGHTER BOMBER, 2005, Pen & Sword Books, 304 pp., illus., d.j.  A comprehensive and heavily illustrated account of the A-4 with lots of photos of RNZAF aircraft.
WOODROOFE Gordon Thomson, GETAWAY – THE ONLY NEW ZEALAND AIRMAN TO ESCAPE FROM A NAZI PRISON CAMP AND MAKE HIS WAY BACK TO ENGLAND DURING WORLD WAR II, 1999, Riverside Publications, 320pp., illus., soft cover.

WOODS Tom, THE THREE WINGS – CLIFF EMENY’S STORY, 2004, Zenith Publishing, 318pp, illus., soft cover.  Emeny joined the services in WWII and served with the Army, Merchant Navy and the RAF.  He received three wings – as an air gunner, a radar observer and a pilot.  He served in the Battle of Britain as an air gunner on Defiants with 264 Squadron (which sustained heavy losses), then trained as a pilot in the UK and Canada in 1942, flew Mosquitos with 45 Squadron in India before being shot down and taken prisoner by the Japanese and put into prison in Rangoon, from where he survived a sentence of beheading.

WORSLEY Neville, FIELDAIR LIMITED “THE FIRST TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS” – A DIARY OF EVENTS OF NOTE IN CHRONOLOGICAL SEQUENCE FROM JULY 1949 TO JULY 1976, date unknown, Worsley, 76pp., not illustrated, hand bound.  This unpublished work covers important dates, staff movements, purchase of aircraft, details of business set-up, air service licences held, and aircraft owned.

WRIGHT Matthew, KIWI AIR POWER - THE HISTOY OF THE RNZAF, 1998, Reed, 200pp, illus. Chapters include details on early apathy, expansion, WWII in European and Pacific Theatres, post-war deveopments, the Cold War air force and reform and retrenchment in the late 1980’s and the 1990’s up until 1998.

WRIGHT Matthew, WINGS OVER NEW ZEALAND – A SOCIAL HISTORY OF NEW ZEALAND AVIATION, 2002, Whitcoulls, 144pp, illus, soft cover.  A better title for this book would have been “A pictorial overview of civil aviation in New Zealand with an emphasis on pioneering flights and the transportation of passengers.”  A good selection of photographs, most of which have not been previously published.

WYNN Kenneth G, A CLASP FOR 'THE FEW', 1981, published by author, 470pp, illus, soft cover. New Zelander's with the Battle of Britain Clasp.

YAMAMOTO Kengo, DOUGLAS DC-3 - THE SURVIVORS, 2000, Airlife, 128pp, illus in full colour, soft cover. This is an illustrated guide to the many of the remaining Douglas DC-3 family of aircraft. Images have been collected from museums, airfields and during restoration. They include those in pristine flying condition through to those dumped and stripped for spares or adapted to strange non-flying uses. Includes New Zealand survivors.

YEREX David, YEREX OF TACA, 1985, Ampersand Publishing, 203pp, illus, good cond, soft cover. The story of a forgotten New Zealander who was one of the great pioneers of aviation, a revolutionary leader in South America and scourge of Pan Am.

YOUNG, Flight Lieutenant Bryan Elliot, BECKONING SKIES – A PILOT’S STORY 1936-1960, 2002, Reed, 388pp., illus., soft cover.  Autobiography covering flight training in New Zealand to duties during WWII in Egypt, Italy and India.
YOUNG Cedric Don, NOT SUCH A PERFECT HERO, 1993, Cedric Young, 42pp, illus., soft cover, signed, good cond. except faded spine. This self published booklet by a New Zealand pilot covers his WWII training in New Zealand and Canada before being posted to 61 Operational Training Unit, action with 112 “Shark” Squadron, No.2 Aircraft Delivery Unit and then flying Spitfires with No.92 (East India) Squadron.

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