Vivian Walsh (aviator)

Vivian Claude Walsh (1888-1950) was an engineer. Vivian and his older brother Leo Austin Walsh (1881-1951) were pioneers of New Zealand aviation.

Vivian and Leo built a British Howard Wright biplane, which Vivian first flew on 5 February 1911. 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.

He made pioneering airmail, air passenger and air survey flights, but was unable to make these commercially viable, and in 1924 he sold the New Zealand Flying School assets to the New Zealand government, and gave up all involvement in aviation.

Vivian died in 1950, and Leo in 1951. The Auckland Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, concerned to preserve the memory of the brothers' contribution, formed the Walsh Memorial Air Pageant Organisation. Several events raised significant monies for educational purposes - now administerd via the New Zealand Aeronautical Trusts Ltd [http://www.raes.org.nz/index.cfm/NZAT/History_of_NZAT] .

Other memorials include:
* A statue [http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/whatson/arts/publicart/projects.asp#walsh] at Mission Bay to commemorate both Walsh brothers.
* The annual Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School [http://www.scouts.org.nz/sanz/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.16] run by the Scout Association of New Zealand.
* Walsh Memorial Library at the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland.

ee also

* Richard Pearse
* George Bolt
* Bert Pither

References

* [http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/W/WalshLeoAustinAndWalshVivianClaude/WalshLeoAustinAndWalshVivianClaude/en 1966 Encyclopedia entry]
* [http://uneli.unitec.ac.nz/our_auckland/kohi/flight%20school.htm Flight School ] at uneli.unitec.ac.nz
* [http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Walsh%20Bros%20Avro.htm Walsh Bros ] at www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz
* [http://www.raes.org.nz/index.cfm/NZAT/Vivian_and_Leo_Walsh Royal Aeronautical Society - New Zealand Division ] at www.raes.org.nz
* [http://www.teara.govt.nz/EarthSeaAndSky/SeaAndAirTransport/Aviation/3/en Aviation - An aviation industry - Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand ] at www.teara.govt.nz
* [http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/default.asp?Find_Quick.asp?PersonEssay=3W3 DICTIONARY OF NEW ZEALAND BIOGRAPHY ] at www.dnzb.govt.nz
* [http://www.auckland-airport.co.nz/NewsHistory/aviators.php?walsh New Zealand Aviators ] at www.auckland-airport.co.nz
* [http://www.auckland-airport.co.nz/offer/downloads/AIAL_2_7.pdf Photographs] ]


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