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Wings of desire

To board a flying boat was to enter a world as rarefied as that of the Orient Express or Graf Zeppelin. These elegant, ocean-going aircraft—Empires, Clippers and Solents—were synonymous with fast, comfortable and stylish travel to exotic destinations. Pioneers of the passenger airways, they opened up routes around the globe, and enabled New Zealand to stake a claim in the business of international air travel.

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