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Off the Ground - 2, Challenge and Crisis Television – 1982 Documentary

Off the Ground - 2, Challenge and Crisis

Television – 1982 Documentary

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The second part of this 1982 series on the history of aviation in New Zealand hang glides to the 30s golden age where world famous flying feats (from the likes of Aussie Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and NZ aviatrix Jean Batten) inspired a surge in aero and gliding clubs and the beginning of commercial domestic flights and aerial mapping. War saw Kiwis flying for the RAF and modernised an ageing RNZAF, taking it from biplanes to jet aircraft. Presented by pilot Peter Clements, the series was made for TV by veteran director Conon Fraser and the National Film Unit.

Key Cast & Crew

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Tom Williamson

Producer

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Conon Fraser

Writer, Director

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Peter Clements

Original idea, Presenter

One never fathoms or fully understands air movements and it’s a perpetual challenge, and a very exhilarating one. It can be very lonely. I think in life one has to be frightened every now and again. It does one good and makes one appreciate the wonderful experience living is.
– Record breaking glider pilot Dick Jorgenson