• Short Summary

    JUST OVER TWENTY YEARS AGO HE WAS THE FIRST MAN TO EVER LAND A SKI-PLANE IN NEW ZEALAND.

  • Description

    JUST OVER TWENTY YEARS AGO HE WAS THE FIRST MAN TO EVER LAND A SKI-PLANE IN NEW ZEALAND.

    ON THAT OCCASION, 22ND SEPTEMBER, 1955 HARRY WIGLEY LANDED AN AUSTER AIRCRAFT ZK-BDX ON THE SNOWS OF THE TASMAN GLACIER. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY ALAN (SQUIB) WCWHIRTER WHO HAD THE JOB OF THROWING GREEN FOLIAGE IN TO THE SNOW TO GIVE THE PILOT AN IDEA OF A LANDING LINE.

    THE AUSTERE SKIS HAD BEEN DESIGNED AND BUILT IN THE COMPANY'S TIMARU WORKSHOPS AND AUSTERE WERE OPERATED FROM MOUNT COOK UNTIL SUPERSEDED BY THE PRESENT FLEET OF CESSANS.

    TODAY, NR WIGLEY, FLYING THE SAME AIRCRAFT ZK-BDX AND ACCOMPANIED BY THE SAME PASSENGER ALAN MCWHIRTER, RE-ENACTED HIS ORIGINAL LANDING TO MARK THE 29TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST HISTORIC EVENT.

    MR WIGLEY, NOW MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MOUNT COOK AIRLINES BOUGHT THE AUSTER IN TO A PERFECT LANDING NEAR THE ORIGINAL LANDING SPOT AT DARWIN CORNER.

    A FULL PRESS PARTY OF RADIO, TELEVISION AND NEWSPAPER REPRESENTATIVES HAD BEEN SPECIALLY FLOWN TO THE TASMAN GLACIER BY MOUNT COOK AIRLINES TO WITNESS THE EVENT.

    MR WIGLEY AND MR MCWHIRTER WERE PRESENTED WITH COMMEMORATIVE SCROLLS AND TOASTED EACH OTHER WITH CHAMPAGNE SPECIALLY DONATED BY NEWZEALAND TOURIST HOTEL CORPORATION.

    THE AUSTER, WHICH HAD BEEN SPECIALLY RESTORED FOR TODAYS EVENT ALSO CARRIED MORE THAN FOUR THOUSAND LETTERS IN A SPECIAL CACHET MAIL ARRANGED FOR THE FLIGHT.

    ALSO ON PUBLIC DISPLAY ON THE SNOW FOR THE FIRST TIME WAS MOUNT COOK AIRLINES SKI-EQUIPPED BRITTEN NORMAN WHICH THE COMPANY HAS BEEN FLYING EXPERIMENTALLY SINCE LAST NOVEMBER ENDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABZKAZLG64K3D09HNRQG6TUN0S
    Media URN:
    VLVABZKAZLG64K3D09HNRQG6TUN0S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:05:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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