Drawing on the adventures of pioneer aviation from both sides of the Pacific, the exploits of the innovators and young dare-devil pilots who took to the air in fragile craft held together with little more than twine and determination, and set against the enigmatic North Head ‘hidden tunnels’ mystery and the disappearance of the first Boeing in 1925, ‘The Hijack of Boeing One’ is a story with wide appeal.
The story arose from the wreckage of John Earnshaw’s ill fated documentary project “The Search for Boeing One” that, between 1979 and 1992, attempted to locate and recover the first aircraft designed and built by William Boeing. Beginning in 1987, when, after 8 years of research, Earnshaw entered into a partnership with the NZ Government to salvage the Boeing, a series of unexpected events began to unfold that finally sabotaged Earnshaw’s project. The story was twisted and deformed into ‘The Hijack of Boeing One’, a more complex work of two parts: One, the defining history of the first Boeing, second to none in the depth of research and interpretation, and the other, an exposé of the official delinquency behind series of mismanaged attempts to deliberately frustrate Earnshaw’s pursuit of his legitimate Crown sponsored investigation into the tunnels where the first Boeing aircraft was allegedly entombed some 60 years earlier.
While this story will initially appeal to aviation enthusiasts around the world and to conspiracy buffs and others with an aversion to autocracy and red tape, perhaps equally importantly, this is a human interest story of one man’s perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds; for scholars of the human condition it is a compelling story of dedication and a 20 year quest that will appeal to many readers regardless of the background the story is set against ...
Based on over 30years of research, this is a work of valuable historical significance not only to New Zealand but to international aviation and is being developed for a book and a feature documentary film.