The riddle of Richard Pearse

Gordon Ogilvie, Author

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Maker and Role
Gordon Ogilvie, Author
Production Date
"On or about 31 March 1903 Richard William Pearse of Waitohi, New Zealand, became airborne in a high-wing monoplane he designed and built himself... In this biography I have assembled all the available evidence and arguments which relate to the "flight" claims... Readers of this book, after examining for themselves the evidence of Pearse's resourcefulness, should not find it difficult to conclude that Richard William Pearse was an uncommonly gifted man of whom New Zealand may be justly proud." - preface

Contents: acknowledgments / preface / prologue / the rescue / origins / Trewarlet / Waitohi / preliminaries / the planemaker / aloft / takeoff testimony / further trials / the 1906 patent / diversions / south to Milton / new life / press coverage / the conscript / Bungalow Building / obsession / the utility plane / last gamble / recognition / appendix: Pearse's Dunedin Evening Star letter / Pearse's Christchurch Star letter / complete patent specification No.21,476 (first aircraft) / complete patent specification No.124,430 (convertiplane) / the convertiplane engine / Otago Witness report of 1 December, 1909 / bibliography / index
Physical Description
xiii, 251 p., [16] p. of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, maps (on lining paper), plans, portraits ; 22 cm.
(on copy 1) For the Walsh Memorial Aviation Library -
With gratitude for help received
Gordon Ogilvie Hand-written
(on copy 2) With compliments
A. H. & A. W. Reed Ltd
26 April 1977 Printed
"For the Walsh Memorial Aviation Library - with gratitude for the help received. Gordon Ogilvie" Hand-written
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Credit Line
Gordon Ogilvie. 1973. The riddle of Richard Pearse, 5053. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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