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I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

On this day in 1928, two New Zealand pilots - George Hood and Robert Moncrief - took off from Sydney, Australia, in their attempt to be first to fly across the Tasman Sea. They were never seen again. Searches in the Marlborough Sounds, where rumour said they had crashed, produced no evidence and they were officially judged lost at sea.
Hood was born and raised in the Wairarapa region and Masterton aerodrome was named in his honour in 1931. Today it is the base for the Wairarapa and Ruahine Aero Club and the Sport and Vintage Aviation Society - SVAS.

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