An immaculate and now very sought after old set of brass NAC Wings with the GODWIT Bird symbol to center in enamel. The wings are 1 1/2" across and have a 'bar' attached at top.....a Flight Engineers ranking we think. New Zealand National Airways Corporation, popularly known as NAC, was the national domestic airline of New Zealand from 1947 until 1978 when it amalgamated with New Zealand's international airline, Air New Zealand. The airline was headquartered in Wellington. NAC was itself a government-led amalgamation of RNZAF 40 Transport Squadron, Union Airways and a number of other smaller operators, including the country's first commercial air service Air Travel (NZ) Ltd. At the time of its inception (1945), it was equipped with de Havilland Dragon Rapides, de Havilland Fox Moths, Douglas DC-3's, Lockheed Electra's, Lockheed Lodestars, and one de Havilland Express which latter was returned to the RNZAF before the official 1947 inaugural start date. Although chiefly a domestic airline, in late 1947 NAC also provided international services to some nearby South Pacific countries, using converted ex-Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Short Sunderland III's, as well as long-rang Douglas DC-3D's to Fiji via Norfolk Island.By the time of the 1978 merger with Air New Zealand, the fleet consisted of 25 aircraft comprising Boeing 737's and Fokker F27's. Engineering workshops were set up at Christchurch, Whenuapai (Auckland), Palmerston North, Gisborne and Nelson.
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