Story: Aerial recreation

A home-built aircraft

A home-built aircraft

Long before the microlight revolution of the 1980s, when tiny aircraft with new lightweight motors were constructed, there was a proud tradition of home-built aircraft in New Zealand. This aircraft was made by Rob Gentry in the Wellington suburb of Mornington in the early 1960s. The plane was built in sections in the living room and basement before being assembled on the front lawn. Family and friends gathered for a photograph before the aircraft was taken to an airfield for finishing and a test flight.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1962/2376

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Aerial recreation - Microlight flying and paramotoring', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6108/a-home-built-aircraft (accessed 26 November 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006