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Public Lecture - New Zealanders in the Great War in the Air
Just over ten years after the first flight at Kittyhawk by the Wright brothers, New Zealanders went to war in the air for the first time. Initially just a few individuals in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, the endless demand for air-men eventually enabled approximately 800 New Zealand men and women to par-ticipate in the air war – over 70 losing their lives in the process.
This paper seeks to express the experience of the first war in the air through the in-dividual surviving archives and known activities of some these pioneering New Zealanders, and how these stories encompass the changing nature and widening scope of aerial operations in World War One.
8 September 2015
South Arts Lecture Theatre A5 Canterbury University.