Aircraft of the Great War
Many New Zealanders do not realise that New Zealand is home to one of the most significant collections of World War One aircraft in the world. This is the work of Sir Peter Jackson’s company The Vintage Aviator Ltd., who restore originals and replicas as well as scratch building reproductions of Great War aircraft from their Wellington and Wairarapa bases. New Zealand’s leading aviation photographer, Gavin Conroy, has spent many years photographing these aircraft, and these remarkable images form the heart of this book.
With historical text by David McDonald detailing the rapid development of these aircraft between 1914 and 1918, and representing both sides of the conflict, there are also personal accounts from many of the pilots who have flown them. ‘Vintage Aviators’ is a fascinating insight into a pivotal period of aviation history, and anyone with any interest in the early days of flying or the Great War, will want to own this book.
This large hardback book by Gavin Conroy is ideal for ‘coffee table’ presentation.
It contains over 270 pages filled with glorious colour photography.