Episode 2 - Aviation
About the show
Through trial and error a civil aviation industry was born, opening up a world of opportunities for New Zealanders to become travellers, traders and tourists. The invention of aircraft revolutionised our lives. It put an end to centuries of enforced geographical isolation.
Journeys that had taken months over land and sea shrank to a just few hours. This is the story of the aviation industry - how Kiwis learned to spread their wings and take flight.
This documentary draws from the treasure trove of footage and stills held by Archives New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Ngā Taonga, public libraries, art galleries, museums and private collectors.
This episode follows the story of the first great aviators, like Bert Pither and the Walsh bothers, through to Jean Batten’s epic flights in the ‘30s, and on to the birth of NAC and TEAL/Air New Zealand. It will include personal stories told by the individuals involved, like the country’s first hijack in Fiji, flying the glamorous Coral Route, disaster in the Kaimai Ranges and on Antarctica’s Mount Erebus, the introduction of air hostesses with hourglass figures, and much, much more.