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Forecasting for early flying boat operations to New Zealand

Year: 
1983
Volume: 
3
Issue: 
1
Author(s): 
B. Buxton
Abstract: 

When the British flying boat Aotearoa from London and the Pan American Airways (FAA) Clipper from San Francisco made their pioneering flights to Auckland in 1937, the development of aviation meteorology was accelerated in the Southwest Pacific. Pan American at that time operated its own meteorology department and this article describes the activities of the Company meteorologists assigned to Auckland who were responsible for forecasts on PAA routes in the South Pacific until World War II brought an end to the era of commercial flying boats.

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