BEHIND THE SCENES WITH N.A.C. No. 1

Year
1959
Reference
F25490
Media type
Moving image
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Year
1959
Reference
F25490
Media type
Moving image
Place of production
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Categories
In-House
Duration
0:19:00
Production company
Robert Steele Productions
Credits
Director: Robert Steele
Writer: John Gundry
Photography: Robert Clough
News Commentator: Anthony Thomson
Narrated: Selwyn Toogood

Film starts with shots of NZ National Airways Corporation’s first Vickers Viscount landing at Whenuapai at the end of its delivery voyage from the UK. A Maori action songs welcomes the aircraft’s arrival and it is officially named “City of Wellington” by Lady Isaac, wife of the NAC chairman Sir Leonard Isaac. Also in the official party is the then Minister of Aviation Mr J. Matheson, the Mayor of Auckland Mr K. Buttle and NAC’s General Manager Captain J. Bush.

A description of the Viscount’s many advantages over previous aircraft is given. Selwyn Toogood then joins a flight to Christchurch to look behind the scenes at NAC’s engineering workshops at Harewood. The intricate and exacting process of overhauling a Viscount is shown.