A shower of spray and we're away!

Fred Ladd, Author;  John Ross Annabell, Author; 

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Maker and Role
Fred Ladd, Author
John Ross Annabell, Author
Production Date
"Freddy Ladd was judged too old to become a RNZAF pilot early in World War II, but by dint of a persuasiveness that all who know him can well understand, he argued his way to the pilot's seat of an Avenger aircraft in the Pacific theatre of war and then, after a spell flying Dominies for New Zealand's National Airways Corporation in Otago/Southland, and starting Fiji Airways as operations manager and chief pilot he opened Tourist Air Travel Limited of Auckland with a Widgeon amphibian.
To begin with it was uphill and disappointing work for Captain Ladd and his wife Mabel, but the huge and succulent crayfish of Great Barrier Island came to their rescue, and when the Ladds left Tourist Air Travel in 1967 - the point at which this book ends - TAT was a thriving concern operating several Widgeons, Freddy had collected an MBE, and the good people of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf had reason to be grateful for the air service which had brought them into close quick contact with the mainland." - book jacket

Contents: Through the weight barrier / look Mabel, no straps! / grounded / airborne / let's get paid for our sport / Tourist Air Travel is born / we're off / crayfish fly / call TAT - I'm sick / Hector's Harbour Race / our second Widgeon / web feet in America / sad missions / flight royal / great people / look, Mabel, no hands!
Other Name
A shower of spray and we are away
Physical Description
233 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., portraits ; 22 cm.
On Copy 1: Complimentary copy from a
to the
Walsh Memorial Library
Yours on the Wing
Fred Ladd
15.12.75 Hand-written
Copy 1, on attached folded card: The Librarian
Walsh Memorial Library
Your Merry Men and Women
Fred Hand-written
After acknowledge on Copy 1: I think that he
means me-
Mable Ladd Hand-written
On Copy 2: What an honour for
this to reach the
Walsh Library
Yours on the Wing
Fred Ladd
26.11.77 Hand-written
Accession No
Credit Line
Fred Ladd et al. 1971. A shower of spray and we're away!, 6020. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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