A report on New Zealand Flying School

Walsh Brothers type D flying boat

Formed in 1915, by the Walsh Brothers, Leo and Vivian, to train pilots for the Royal Flying Corps.

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Walsh Brothers type D flying boat

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Mission Bay, New Zealand

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Seaside suburb of Auckland city, on the North Island of New Zealand.

Seaside suburb of Auckland city, on the North Island of New Zealand.

Mission buildings at Selwyn Reserve
Trevor Moss Davis Memorial Fountain
View of Rangitoto from Mission Bay
Melanesian Mission House
View of Mission Bay Beach looking west
Mission Bay Fountain

Mission Bay, was the second location for the Walsh Brothers New Zealand Flying School after moving from Ōrākei in November 1915.

The Walsh brothers constructing an aircraft in Auckland (c. 1910s)

Vivian Walsh (aviator)

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New Zealand engineer.

New Zealand engineer.

The Walsh brothers constructing an aircraft in Auckland (c. 1910s)
Walsh Brothers type D flying boat of 1918

They established the New Zealand Flying School in 1915 to train pilots for the Royal Flying Corps, building their own series of flying boat trainers.

Walsh Brothers type D flying boat

Walsh Brothers Flying Boats

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The Walsh Brothers Flying Boats were aircraft that were used during World War I to provide training to pilots in New Zealand prior to their enlistment into the Royal Flying Corps.

The Walsh Brothers Flying Boats were aircraft that were used during World War I to provide training to pilots in New Zealand prior to their enlistment into the Royal Flying Corps.

Walsh Brothers type D flying boat
Walsh Brothers type D flying boat

In mid-1915, the brothers founded the New Zealand Flying School to train men for the Royal Flying Corps.

Group Captain Keith Caldwell c. 1944

Keith Caldwell

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New Zealand fighter ace of the Royal Flying Corps in World War I who also rose to the rank of Air Commodore in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II.

New Zealand fighter ace of the Royal Flying Corps in World War I who also rose to the rank of Air Commodore in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II.

Group Captain Keith Caldwell c. 1944
Walsh Brothers pilot training flying boat
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He paid £100 to join the first class at the New Zealand Flying School in October 1915, where he learned to fly on the Walsh Brothers Flying Boats.

Ōrākei

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Suburb of Auckland city, in the North Island of New Zealand.

Suburb of Auckland city, in the North Island of New Zealand.

The entrance to Ōrākei Marae
The Michael Joseph Savage Memorial

Ōrākei was the first location where the New Zealand Flying School operated from between October and November 1915, before moving to Mission Bay, and a permanent location at Kohimarama in 1916.

Airco DH.6

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British military trainer biplane used by the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War.

British military trainer biplane used by the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War.

One example was exported to New Zealand for use by the Walsh brothers’ New Zealand Flying School and first flew there in February 1920, however it was damaged by a gale in August the same year and was never repaired.

Replica of the Boeing B&W Seaplane at the Museum of Flight

Boeing Model 1

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United States single-engine biplane seaplane aircraft.

United States single-engine biplane seaplane aircraft.

Replica of the Boeing B&W Seaplane at the Museum of Flight
Replica of the Boeing B&W Seaplane at the Museum of Flight

When the Navy did not buy them, they were sold to the New Zealand Flying School and became the company's first international sale.

Curtiss Model F

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The Curtiss Models F made up a family of early flying boats developed in the United States in the years leading up to World War I.

The Curtiss Models F made up a family of early flying boats developed in the United States in the years leading up to World War I.

First successful flight of the Curtiss Flying Fish over Keuka Lake, July 1912.
Marshall Earle Reid at Lake Keuka in his Curtiss seaplane, 1912. Note the step in the hull.
Gustave Maurice Heckscher in his Curtiss seaplane at 60 miles per hour, 1912.

Walsh Brothers Flying School, New Zealand, 5 aircraft used to train pilots for the Royal Flying Corps