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I had never heard of John Moncrieff or George Hood until I began researching New Zealand mysteries for material for future blogs. Their story could’ve been quite different if they had succeeded in being the first people to fly across the Tasman Sea. The final message the Kiwi aviators asked newspaper reporters, who were present to witness their departure, was to convey to their wives: “I will be home tonight.” They never arrived!

The Aotearoa was the first aircraft to go missing around New Zealand. While other aircraft have crashed, none are lost without trace. In 1931, in memory of the mystery, the Masterton airport was re-named Hood aerodrome, the name it still has today. read more