> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 7 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775536925
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Born to Fly

Three Generations of Kiwi Helicopter Pilots


Formats & editions


The thrilling and entertaining lives of New Zealand’s helicopter dynasty.

The thrilling and entertaining lives of New Zealand’s helicopter dynasty.

Three generations of Reids have flown helicopters. It’s in their blood. First there was John, a World War Two fighter pilot. After the war he used helicopters for things no one dreamed possible, carrying out 300 rescue missions and training a generation of Kiwi pilots along the way.

Next there was John’s son Bill, who began flying in the early 1970s, during the dangerous venison recovery and live capture years. Over the course of his 40-year career, Bill flew helicopters for almost every kind of job you can imagine, from mountain rescue to Hollywood location scouting. He’s since restored an Avro Anson Mk I reconnaissance bomber, used in World War Two and the only airworthy craft of its type left in the world.

And finally there’s Toby and his wife Rachael, whose helicopter business continues the legacy of 60 trailblazing years in helicopter aviation.

Adventure, enterprise and courage … Born to Fly tells you how the Reids have it in bucketloads.

  • Pub date: 7 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775536925
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the Author

Bill Reid

Son of John Reid (founding father of the New Zealand helicopter industry), Bill Reid is a helicopter pilot living in 88 Valley, south of Nelson. With 16,000 hours and 40 years helicopter flying under his belt, Bill is one of New Zealand’s most experienced pilots. After twenty years building an award-winning helicopter business, Bill has semi-retired, leaving his son Toby to carry on the legacy, and Bill to focus on his attention on restoring WWII vintage aircraft.


Related titles