14 June 2011

Eagle Air - Beech Baron - Flight Number 1

From the Manawatu Standard, 3 October 1975...
The first flight in a new air service landed at Palmerston North Airport this morning in the form of this twin engine Beechcraft flown by pilot Paul Wright. The $ 160,000 machine will offer direct morning and evening flights between Hamilton, Wanganui and Palmerston North. It is a first venture into daily air service for Eagle Airways of Hamilton and should provide a service for businessmen wanting to commute out of town for a day’s work and back in the same day.

Paul Wright and Beech Baron ZK-ECA at Palmerston North on the first flight. Photo : Manawatu Standard, 3 October 1975
Manawatu Standard, 3 October 1975
Eagle Air's first "airliner" Beechcraft 58 Baron ZK-ECA which commenced the Hamilton to Palmerston  and Wanganui flights on the 3rd of October 1975 at Wanganui on 21 February 1985. Photo : S Lowe

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