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Lost...Without Trace? by Richard Waugh

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On 12 February 1962 Dragonfly ZK-AFB went missing on a scenic flight from Christchurch to Milford Sound. The search for the aircraft, its pilot Brian Chadwick and four passengers, was headline news in New Zealand and Australia. In spite of the largest aerial search ever undertaken in New Zealand and one of the most extensive in the South Pacific, nothing was found. This book brings together many strands of the enduring story; an entrepreneurial pilot, pioneering air charter work, a veteran biplane airliner, scenic flying over mountainous terrain, overseas tourist passengers including a honeymoon couple, ongoing search initiatives – and the personal quest by pilot friend Brian Waugh. Illustrated by many rare photographs, this book investigates the fascinating story, revealing new insights into the aircraft’s disappearance. Aviation historian Richard Waugh continues his father’s pursuit of the most-searched-for aircraft in New Zealand and poses a unique challenge to readers. Will this book contribute to the solving of the mystery?

CONTENTS
FOREWORD by Dame Silvia Cartwright, Governor-General of NZ
and Garry Moore, Mayor of Christchurch
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
MAP
PREFACE
Chapters:
“AFFABLE – BUT OFTEN UNDER PRESSURE” – Brian Chadwick
Features: Tyne Taxis Ltd (Air Division) 1947-1949; South Island Airways 1953-1956; Trans Island Airways 1956-1959
“THE TOURIST FLIGHT BUSINESS” – AIR CHARTER
Features: De Havilland DH89B Dominie ZK-BCP; Pioneer Parachuting; Flight over Wonderland
“A PRETTY LITTLE PLANE” – DRAGONFLY ZK-AFB
Features: DH90 Dragonfly History; DH90A Dragonfly ZK-AGP; Flying Dragonfly ZK-AFB
“BY WAY OF THE MACKENZIE COUNTRY” – the last flight
Features: Louis Rowan; Elwyn & Valerie Saville; Darrell Shiels
“LIKE LOOKING FOR A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK” – THE SEARCH
Features: Not dramatic, but Search of Grim Resolution; Harvard Searching; Search Operation Statistics
“THE INVESTIGATION BE LEFT OPEN” – A PERSISTING MYSTERY
Features: Brian Waugh’s Quest;  Lew Bone’s Investigates; New Zealand’s ‘Bermuda Triangle’?;  Unique Challenge

APPENDICES:
Aircraft flown by Brian Chadwick
Chadwick’s own writings (1947 at Newcastle, England)
Recollections by Phil Howell
Aircraft Profile Dragonfly DH90A ZK-AFB (Mel Douglas AeroGraphx)
Sighting/Hearing Reports of Dragonfly ZK-AFB from 1962 Search Records
Surviving DH90 Dragonflies – ZK-AYR (c/n 7508) and G-AEDU (c/n 7526)
Correspondence by Sylvia Chadwick and Brian Waugh
REFERENCES
INDEX

Hard cover 280x210mm 216 pages

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