WONZ 190 – Richard Waugh on NAC

The Jean Batten Lecture 2018 – The History of National Airways Corporation of New Zealand

Speakers: Des Underwood (Royal Aeronautical Society Bay of Plenty Branch Chairman)
The Reverend Richard Waugh (Main speaker)
Graham Lister (Royal Aeronautical Society Bay of Plenty Branch Committee Member)

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 14th of September 2018

Released: 15th of September 2018

Duration: 1 hour 19 minutes 18 seconds

In this episode we present the third annual Jean Batten Lecture, hosted by the Royal Aeronautical Society Bay of Plenty Branch, at the Classic Flyers Museum in Tauranga. Introduced by the Branch Chairman Des Underwood, the main speaker Richard Waugh presents the history of the National Airways Corporation of New Zealand, from its beginning in the postwar 1940’s through till its merger with Air New Zealand in 1978. Richard goes through the history step by step four years at a time.

Richard Waugh is a very well known and respected author of many books on airline history in New Zealand, and he has been instrumental in the establishment of numerous memorials to victims of airliner crashes throughout the country. He has also been active in the hunt for missing aeroplanes, and he appeared in previously on WONZ Show Episode 86 “Missing Aeroplanes in New Zealand” with fellow researchers Chris Rudge and Gavin Grimmer.

This episode concludes with the Graham Lister of the RAeS Branch showing his appreciation on behalf of everyone for the excellent talk by Richard.

Quick Links:

•  The RAeS Bay of Plenty Branch

•  Richard Waugh’s “New Zealand Airline Research” website

•  A Previous WONZ Show (Episode 86) in which Richard Waugh has featured

•  Classic Flyers Museum, Tauranga

There is also an unedited video version of this lecture, below:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Note: The music at the end of the audio version of this show is Wild Flower by Joakim Karud

Some shots of the NAC display at Classic Flyers Museum as referred to in the lecture:

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