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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 8 (February 1, 1933)


The action of the British Air Ministry in ordering an autogiro is one of the most important flying events of the month, but is eclipsed in the public gaze (naturally) by the mystery of Hinkler, and, locally, by the fair weather flight of the Southern Cross from New South Wales to New Zealand in smart time. A good deal of air history is being made in Africa, by the Mollisons and others. British commercial services in Europe, also the African service, are reported to have exceeded expectations from the point of view of traffic, regularity and safety. In a different order of flight is the plan to fly over the peak of Everest, later in the year. The chief pilot of the expedition will probably be the eldest son of the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, the Marquis of Douglas and Clydesdale, flier, amateur boxer and M.P. The influenza epidemic now alarming England removed a notable airwoman in Miss Winifred Spooner.