Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Precious Metal - Classic Fighters in New Zealand
This beautifully produced hardback, full colour book by Gavin Conroy represents stunning air-to-air photography of classic fighter planes in New Zealand skies.
New Zealand is extremely lucky that there are a wide range of airworthy WW II-era classic fighters remaining in the country, the subject of this superb new book of aviation photography.
Author Gavin Conroy has had unparalleled access to New Zealand’s classic fighters, and specialises in close-up air-to-air photography, which captures so much of the character and appeal of these extraordinary machines.
The popularity of the fighter aircraft used in World War II is huge in New Zealand, as evidenced by the enormous crowds that turn up for events such as Warbirds over Wanaka, and it is certain that this book will find its way onto the bookshelves of the thousands of passionate warbird enthusiasts.
Included in the book are all of the important WWII era fighter aircraft flying in New Zealand. Included are the Supermarine Spitfire, the P-51D Mustang, the P-40 Kittyhawk, the FG-1D Corsair, the Hawker Hurricane, the P-40C Tomahawk, the Yak 3, the Lavochkin La-9, and importantly Germany’s great fighter, the Focke Wulf 190.
About the author
Gavin Conroy has a long standing interest in aviation, first gaining his pilot’s licence at the age of 16. He moved seriously into aviation photography six years ago, and since then has spent hundreds of hours planning and flying to put together the collection of photographs that form the basis of his book. When not taking photographs he works in the timber industry, and is based in Blenheim.
Photos top to bottom:
A rare two seater spitfire
Precious Metal - Classic Fighters in New Zealand Gavin Conroy Craig Potton Publishing - $59.99