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The Lockheed 10 Electra in New Zealand and the pioneering of the
Main Trunk Air Service

Editor: Richard J.Waugh
Contributing Authors: David Phillips & Richard Waugh

Lockheed 10 Electras in 1937 pioneered the first Auckland-Wellington air service. By late 1938 Union Airways had "Electra-fied" the whole Main Trunk route from Auckland to Dunedin. This book tells the story and adventures of how they revolutionised commercial aviation in New Zealand with their modern American design an speed - faster than any Air Force aircraft!

Electras were the first all metal monoplane airliners in New Zealand and during most of the war years were the only aircraft maintaining the Main Trunk air service. Electras inaugurated air services to Auckland, Christchurch (Harewood), Hamilton, Invercargill, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, New Plymouth, Rotorua and Whangarei. They had their share of accidents and tragedies, but these were mostly the result of the pioneering era in which they flew.

Illustrated by many rare photographs, this story describes the development of the Main Trunk air services through to the jet age. It emphasises the tremendous contribution the air service has made to the New Zealand communication network.

Electra Flying contains a history of the Lockheed 10 Electra type, a 1998 list of all surviving examples and a detailed history of two surviving examples; c/n 1107 (VH-UZO in Australia) and c/n 1145 (CC-226/N10310 in New Zealand).

Over 150 photographs (the best collection of Lockheed 10 Electra photographs available anywhere), including 15 in colour. Craig Printing Co, Invercargill, 1998. Available in both Hard cover and Soft cover. See Order page for price and how to order.

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