Manukau Courier : February 4th 2010
5 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 NEWS Farmers Finance Card & all major credit cards accepted. www.farmers.co.nz Manukau City Shopping Centre, Ronwood Ave, Manukau. Limited stock. Stock will vary between stores. Available while stocks last. FTC3637 WOMEN'S CLEAROUT LINGERIE FROM $8$10$15 1000's OF ITEMS PRICED TO CLEAR further reductions! CLEAROUT WOMEN'S ACCESSORIES & HOSIERY FROM $3$5 $10 WOMEN'S CLEAROUT CLOTHING FROM $10$15$20 CLEAROUT FAMILY FOOTWEAR FROM $15$25$30 MEN'S CLEAROUT CLOTHING FROM $15$20$25 CHILDREN'S CLEAROUT CLOTHING FROM $10 $15 MANUKAU NZ's first controlled flight remembered Onwards and upwards: Vivian Walsh about to execute New Zealand's first successfully controlled flight. One of New Zealand most historical events in aviation will be commemorated tomorrow, 100 years after the triumph took place. February 5 marks a century since Vivian Walsh made the first suc- cessful controlled flight in New Zea- land and it all happened at Glenora Park in Takanini. This weekend s celebration is being put on by the New Zealand arm of the London-based Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators along with the New Zealand division of the Royal Aeronautical Society and NZ Aeronautical Trusts and the Museum of Transport and Tech- nology. The early aviation endeavours by the Walsh brothers, Leo and Vivian, between 1910 and 1923 were far reaching. In 1911, they made the first sus- tained, powered and controlled flight of an aeroplane in New Zea- land. The Auckland brothers decided to import from England a production biplane kitset, put it together in their backyard and fly it in a pad- dock. They chose an English Howard Wright model which would have cost about $250,000 in today s cur- rency. Six months later, the plane was ready to fly and was dismantled, trucked to Glenora Park and re- assembled under a large marquee. After a few trials, Vivian was ready and his friends and family came out to watch. He was airborne but stayed low to keep straight. He was flying and had the biplane under control despite his lack of pilot training. His flight of about 400 metres at a height of around 20 metres had created history and he landed safely. A publicly witnessed New Zealand first had been achieved. In October 1915, the brothers formed the New Zealand Flying School, moved to Mission Bay and began training pupils. They started training people keen to join Britain s Royal Flying Corps and soon obtained a second aircraft rebuilt from a crashed two-seater and fitted with dual controls. A third machine, a Curtiss flying boat powered by a 90-horsepower engine, was then imported from the United States. As the school became more estab- lished and better known, they started training RFC and the Royal Navy Air Service pilots. They also took pleasure flights, mail services, charter flying and demonstration flights. Several time and height records were established. However, the financial burden of operating the flying school became difficult and Leo and Vivian struggled to keep the school in existence. By 1923, they had exhausted their resources and asked the gov- ernment to take over the school. The brothers gave up all further direct involvement in aviation and returned to their engineering busi- ness in Auckland. Ross Ewing wrote this article for the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (NZ Region) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (NZ Div- ision). Call Mr Ewing on 03-360-2400 or 027-474-5270 for more information. A day to celebrate the Walsh Brothers The Walsh Brothers first flight centenary programme starts at 11am tomorrow at Glenora Park, corner of Airfield and Takinini School roads in Takanini. The programme will include music from the Papakura RSA Brass Band, a keynote address by former Civil Aviation Authority chairman Ron Tannock, and appearances from Royal New Zealand Air Force chaplain squadron leader Stuart Hight and wing commander Gordon Ragg and captain Brian Wyness from the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators. Former mayor Calum Penrose will also speak.
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