The Illustrated history of
New Zealand National Airways Corporation 1947 - 1978
by Richard Waugh, Peter Layne and Graeme McConnell
The Illustrated history of New Zealand National Airways Corporation 1947 - 1978 by Richard Waugh, Peter Layne and Graeme
McConnell is a 320 page history, supported by over 500 photographs and illustrations, and tells the story of NAC which was
created by the post-war Labour Government.
All private airlines were nationalised and NAC became New Zealand's first state-owned enterprise. During its 31 years of
operation NAC was New Zealand's major domestic airline until it was merged with Air New Zealand in 1978. In its early years
it also flew international routes in the South Pacific.
ZK-BRF at Beirut, Lebanon while on delivery in March 1959
NAC's fleet underwent exciting change and development from de Havilland bi-planes to Boeing 737s. Prominent from 1958 until
1975 were the Vickers Viscount V.807s which were primarily used on its main trunk route.
The original order for three Viscounts at a cost of NZ£1,500,000 was signed at Vickers House, London in December 1955 with
the first example, c/n 281 ZK-BRD being delivered in January 1958. In the meantime, Wellington's airport required
development from a grass strip catering for de Havilland Herons to take the Viscounts.
17 February 1963 Viscount ZK-BWO slid down an embankment at Rongotai, Wellington, New Zealand
Illustrated by many rare photographs, this book is the first photographic and social history of
NAC. From its inception in the late 1940s the airline earned an enviable reputation for
efficiency and reliability. NAC served 30 cities and towns from Kaitaia in the North to
Invercargill in the South and carried more than 30 million passengers as it ushered New
Zealanders into the age of mass air travel.
This book is a must for Viscount buffs as it illustrates the story of NAC's five Viscounts
which carried 6.02 million passengers on 134,450 scheduled and charter flights. In 168,620
revenue flying hours these aircraft used 51.4 million gallons of fuel and flew 55.9 million
ZK-BRF in New Zealand National Airways Corporation final Viscount livery
Orders for the book can be placed with Craig Printing Co Ltd, 122 Yarrow Street, P O Box 99 Invercargill, 9840, New Zealand.
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History and photos of Viscount c/n 283 ZK-BRF