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Evans Bay Wellington's first international airport

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« on: February 13, 2011, 11:46:05 pm »

On 18th October 1949, Wellington receives a visit from one of the new Short S.45A Solent 4 flying-boats ZK-AMM Ararangi.

The western shoreline of Evans Bay in December 1949 at Greta Point where TEAL built their flying-boat terminal. In the first photograph the ships Wahine and Wingatui are berthed at the wharf, while in the second photograph a ship is in the Patent Slip.

Evans Bay on 26th February 1950 several months before TEAL began Solent services between Wellington and Sydney.

The western shoreline of Evans Bay at the Patent Slip on 18th August 1950 with two ships berthed at the wharf. TEAL's flying-boat terminal was built just out of the photograph to the right.

On 28th September 1950, Wellington receives a visit from a Solent flying-boat ZK-AMM Ararangi prior to the beginning of TEAL's Wellington to Sydney service the following month. A number of dignitaries were taken for a flight over the Marlborough Sounds. In the second and third photographs you can see the old Rongotai Aerodrome in the background. In the sixth photograph you can see TEAL's launch moored out in the bay.

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