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Public Lecture - New Zealanders in the Great War in the Air

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Wednesday, 2 September, 2015

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

6:00 pm

South Arts Lecture Theatre A5 Canterbury University.

http://www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/history/association.shtml