RAF — its origins dating back to 1938, with the New Zealand Squadron, a unit of RNZAF aircrew who were sent to the UK to train on new aircraft and to later fly the 30 Vickers Wellington bombers acquired by the New Zealand government back to their homeland.
Perhaps it was his squadron’s connection to New Zealand that persuaded Captain Waugh to up sticks and emigrate to our shores, where he arrived in late 1954 — at around same time as our featured Jaguar MKVIIM.
Either way, he came to New Zealand to fly aircraft such as the de Havilland DH89 Dominie, Beechcraft Model 18, and Lockheed Model 10 Electra on pioneering air routes operating between Christchurch, South Canterbury, and Nelson. From 1960, he was chief pilot for West Coast Airways, flying DH89S for the historic South Westland Air Service (New Zealand’s first licensed and scheduled air service in 1934) from Hokitika to the glaciers, Haast, and Milford Sound.
Jaguars were always a favourite for Captain Waugh, a fact acknowledged by his son’s ownership of his MKVIIM, and, for the keen-eyed, the link between car and aviation can be seen in the period ’50s decals on the Jaguar’s rear window for NAC (National Airways Corporation), South Island Airways, and West Coast Airways.
All in all, this lovely-looking historic saloon is a credit to its owner and a fine tribute to his father, an aviation pioneer and Jaguar enthusiast.