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Air ambulance demonstration

Wellington Aero Club brought 2 Waco aircraft during the 1930s. Buying aircraft from the USA was a controversial decision at the time and most previous purchased aircraft had been British made. The Waco was chosen because it was particularly suitable to be used as an air ambulance and much more suitable than the Puss Moth previously used by the aero club.

Demonstration of an Air Ambulance at Wellington Aero Club in the 1930s

George Bolt, CFI at the club test flew the Waco aircraft once they arrived in NZ. The photograph show the clubs second Waco being demonstrated in its Air Ambulance role. Facing the camera are Claude Roots (left) a Wellington City Council employee who was custodian of the airport who lived on site and Bill Nisbet (right) secretary of the Aero Club. The Waco was used to fly neurosurgery patients as far as Dunedin.


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