OFF THE GROUND (1) THE FIRST TO FLY

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Year

1982

NFU Picture/Sheet No.

592

Length

Colour, 28 minutes.

Cat. Refs. 1984-85 p.23; 1986-87 p.28.

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Unknown

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Episode 1 The First To Fly Begins with the controversy surrounding Richard Pearse, who was the first person in the British empire to fly, and is now thought to have achieved sustained flight more than a year before the Wright brothers. Other New Zealanders took an unexpectedly prominent part in early world aviation, among them Herbert Pither, who built and flew the world's first all-metal-framed aircraft, and the Walsh brothers, pioneers of seaplane design and founders of the New Zealand Flying School at the outset of World War One, in which New Zealanders served with distinction. The Walshes also owned the first two machines ever built by the giant Boeing Aircraft Corporation, in which George Bolt laid the foundations of commercial flying after the war.

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