Story: Nelson region

Nelson’s first aircraft landing

Nelson’s first aircraft landing

The first plane to land in the Nelson region touched down on 11 November 1921. The flight was organised by Thomas Newman, who ran the local coach and service-car company. The plane was an Avro 504 – a converted First World War aircraft. It took off from Wellington and landed in Marsden’s paddock at Stoke. Brightwater was the intended destination, but the plane ran low on fuel.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Frederick Nelson Jones Collection (PAColl-3051)
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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Sea and air transport and communications', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015