Hobsonville – Portrait of a Seaplane Station
This is a large paper back book filled with a variety of photos. Bee Dawson is a social historian who delights in bringing Air Force history to life. She has a firm belief that ‘it’s not just about the aircraft’. This is her third book on RNZAF history.
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Hobsonville Air Force Station holds a unique place in RNZAF history as the only station to have been built primarily for seaplanes. From the early days of aviation, it served the Air Force well in times of both war and peace.
Affectionately known to generations of Air Force personnel and their families as ‘Hobby’, Hobsonville had a character all of its own. Its isolation on the upper reaches of the Waitemata Harbour meant that the community was very close-knit, and much of its entertainment was home-grown. This is a lively social history of the station and its people – from commanding officers and their wives to the gardeners and aircraftmen.