A mate has documented, in blog form, his Fathers flying career which spanned Sunderland/PBY Catalina flying boats to DC8 jets (including survey flights for the Coral Route). The blog has many diary extracts and photos from a time when aviation in NZ & the Pacific evolved from an adventure to a business.
Cliff Le Couteur - http://clifflecouteur.blogspot.com/
His historical record as written by one of his sons
Cliff Le Couteur was my father. My name is William Le Couteur and I have decided to write what I know of his life mainly to provide a record for interested parties
With this story goes many black and white photos, which I hope to post on this blog, or on the online photo storage Flickr. The above photo is one I found in his collection and I believe it would be the Catalina used on the Pacific Island Survey he went on in 1951…