by Ivor Wilkins
New Zealand has long held a passion for its aviation history – the bravado, ingenuity and trailblazing spirit says a lot about who we are. Classic Planes celebrates that legacy, from the first fledgling beginnings to the present day. With eloquence and colour, bestselling author Ivor Wilkins traces the story of planes in New Zealand, beginning with the exploits of Richard Pearse and shining a light on other local pioneers such as Jean Batten and Tim Wallis. He examines the machines from bygone eras, celebrates those who lovingly restore those planes today, and revels in our ongoing love affair with winged wonders. Tiger Moths and Taperwings mingle with Staggerwings, Spitfires, Mosquitoes and Mustangs. Breathtaking new photography is complemented by archival imagery, revealing a truly special and important celebration of planes and people. Wilkins is a widely respected freelance writer and photographer whose most recent book is Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand.