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Encyclopedia > Royal New Zealand Air Force
Royal New Zealand Air Force
Ensign of the RNZAF
Aircraft and Squadrons
List of aircraft of the RNZAF and RNZN
List of squadrons of the RNZAF
Bases
RNZAF Base Auckland
RNZAF Base Ohakea
RNZAF Base Woodbourne
Other
Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) is the air force arm of the New Zealand Defence Force. The RNZAF was formed from New Zealand components of the British Royal Air Force, becoming an independent force in 1923. The RNZAF has fought in many campaigns including World War II, Malaysia, Vietnam, The Gulf War and various United Nations peacekeeping missions. Today the RNZAF consists of around 50 aircraft. The present day RNZAF focuses on maritime patrol and transport duties in support of the Royal New Zealand Navy and the New Zealand Army. Image File history File links Ensign_of_the_Royal_New_Zealand_Air_Force. ... This is a list of aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Royal New Zealand Navy. ... This is a list of squadrons of the Royal New Zealand Air Force RNZAF Flying Squadrons and units 3 Squadron 5 Squadron 40 Squadron 42 Squadron Central Flying School Pilot Training School Former RNZAF Squadrons 1 Squadron 2 Squadron 4 Squadron 6 Squadron 7 Squadron 8 Squadron 9 Squadron 10... HRH The Prince of Wales in uniform as a RNZAF Air Commodore inspects troops at RNZAF Base Auckland on March 8, 2005. ... RNZAF Base Ohakea is a base of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, located 22km West of Palmerston North near Bulls in the Manawatu. ... RNZAF Base Woodbourne is a base of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, located near Blenheim. ... The Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum is primarily a museum of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, its predecessor, the New Zealand Permanent Air Force and New Zealand squadrons of the Royal Air Force. ... An air force is a military or armed service that primarily conducts aerial warfare. ... The military of New Zealand consists of three branches- the New Zealand Army; the Royal New Zealand Navy; and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. ... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Combatants Allies: Soviet Union United Kingdom United States and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Franklin Roosevelt Joseph Stalin Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military dead: 8,000... Combatants UN Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf, Sir Patrick Hine, Michel Roquejeoffre Saddam Hussein, Ali Hassan al-Majid, Hussein Kamel Strength 660,000 545,000 Casualties 345 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 - 100,000 dead, 100,000 - 300,000 wounded The 1991 Gulf War (also called the... HMNZS Te Mana The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) is the navy of New Zealand. ... The New Zealand Army (or NZ Army) (Maori Ngati Tumatauenga, Translation Tribe of the God of War) is the land armed force of the New Zealand military and comprises around 4,500 regular personnel and 2,500 non-regulars and civilians. ...


The motto of the RNZAF is, like that of the RAF, Per ardua ad astra — "Through adversity to the stars." RNZAF rank titles are also derived from RAF rank titles. All personnel wear the nationality mark "NEW ZEALAND" on the slip-on rank shoulder epaulette or on a sewn-on shoulder title on the dress uniform. The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ...

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History of the RNZAF

Pre-World War I

New Zealand's military aviation began in 1913 when the New Zealand Army was presented with two Bleriot monoplanes by the United Kingdom. These machines were grounded after a young woman was given a joyride; on the outbreak of hostilities, the Bleriots were sent to support British forces in Mesopotamia. Blériot may refer to: Louis Blériot, a French aviation pioneer Blériot Aéronautique, an aircraft manufacturer founded by Louis Blériot This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... A monoplane is an aircraft with one main set of wing surfaces, in contrast to a biplane or triplane. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


World War I

The badge of the RNZAF.
The badge of the RNZAF.

In the Great War, New Zealand aircrew flew as part of the British Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was the over-land air arm of the British military during most of World War I. Origin and Early History Formed by Royal Warrant on May 13, 1912, the RFC superseded the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers. ... Personnel of No 1 Squadron RNAS in late 1914 The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was the air arm of the Royal Navy until near the end of World War I, when it merged with the British Armys Royal Flying Corps (RFC) to form the Royal Air Force. ...


The government assisted two private schools training pilots for the conflict. The Walsh brothers flying school at Auckland was founded by Vivian and Leo Walsh - pioneers who had made the first controlled flight in New Zealand. From 1915, they used Curtiss flying boats and later machines of their own design and the first two aircraft made by Boeing. The later Canterbury Aviation Company used Caudron landplanes based at Christchurch. The Auckland Metropolitan Area, or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ... Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company was an American aircraft manufacturer that went public in 1916 with Glenn Curtiss as president. ... Boeing 314 A flying boat is an aircraft that is designed to take off and land on water, in particular a type of seaplane which uses its fuselage as a floating hull (instead of pontoons mounted below the fuselage). ... The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661 ) is the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer. ... A French aircraft company, founded in 1909 and spanning both world wars. ... For other uses, see Christchurch (disambiguation). ...


New Zealand pilots serving with British forces saw service in all theatres. Fifteen became aces, the top scorer being Keith Caldwell, with at least 24 victories. Several stayed with the new Royal Air Force after the war, and had attained high rank by the outbreak of World War II. Others returned to New Zealand and, serving part time, provided the nucleus of the NZPAF. This article is about the playing card. ... Keith Logan Grid Caldwell, MC, DFC, MiD, Croix de guerre, was a New Zealand fighter ace of the Royal Flying Corps in World War I who also rose to the rank of Air Commodore in World War II. // Early life Born in Wellington 16 October 1895, the son of David... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Combatants Allies: Soviet Union United Kingdom United States and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Franklin Roosevelt Joseph Stalin Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military dead: 8,000...


The New Zealand Permanent Air Force

At the close of hostilities, Great Britain offered each of the Dominions a hundred war surplus combat aircraft. New Zealand was last to respond, and least enthusiastic. When the Avro 504s, Bristol F.2 Fighters, and De Havilland Airco DH.4s and Airco DH.9s did reach New Zealand, they were either placed in storage or loaned to the flying schools, barnstormers and nascent commercial operations. Several of the military aircraft were heavily modified; a 504 becoming 3 seat floatplane, a DH-9 acquiring an enclosed passenger cabin. The Avro 504 was a World War I biplane aircraft made by the Avro aircraft company and under licence by others. ... The Shuttleworth Collections Bristol F.2B Fighter The Bristol F.2 Fighter was a two-seat biplane fighter and reconnaissance aircraft of the First World War flown by the Royal Flying Corps. ... Until 1920, Geoffrey de Havillands de Havilland Aircraft Company had been known as Airco, where he was owner and chief designer. ... The Airco DH.4 was a British two seat biplane day-bomber of the First World War. ... Barnstorming was a popular form of entertainment in the 1920s in which stunt pilots would perform tricks with airplanes, often in groups as a flying circus. ...


The importance of aviation in war was belatedly recognised, largely thanks to the efforts of visionary parliamentarian Sir Henry Wigram. In 1923 the New Zealand Permanent Air Force was formed: a part of the Army staffed by 72 pilots with Great War experience. It was equipped initially with the surviving Avro 504K, DH4s DH9s and Bristol Fighters. These operated from an airfield outside Christchurch at Sockburn. In 1926, Wigram donated £2,500 for the purchase of modern fighters, and Gloster Grebes were acquired. Sockburn was later renamed Wigram, a name adopted by the suburb which grew up around the airbase. It is the site of the present New Zealand Air Force Museum. Formed after World War I, as a mostly part time organisation, manned by New Zealand pilots who had served in the war. ... The Avro 504 was a World War I biplane aircraft made by the Avro aircraft company and under licence by others. ... The Shuttleworth Collections Bristol F.2B Fighter The Bristol F.2 Fighter was a two-seat biplane fighter and reconnaissance aircraft of the First World War flown by the Royal Flying Corps. ... Developed from a two seat trainer, the Gloster Grouse, Glosters Grebe was the Royal Air Forces first post World War I fighter, entering service in 1923. ... The Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum is primarily a museum of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, its predecessor, the New Zealand Permanent Air Force and New Zealand squadrons of the Royal Air Force. ...


A trickle of new build Bristol Fighters and other new types joined the NZPAF in the late 1920s and early 1930s. A Lewis gun equipped De Havilland Gipsy Moth float plane took part in naval operations against rebels in Samoa. The NZPAFs first action came in 1930 when the Moth dropped an improvised bomb made out of a treacle tin on to a ship suspected of gun running. The bomb did no damage, fortuitously, as the target turned out to be a local missionary vessel. More creditably, Fairey IIIFs made a dramatic maritime rescue and in the aftermath of the Napier earthquake the NZPAF flew in urgently needed supplies and medical equipment. The Lewis Gun was a pre-WWI era American design of machine gun most widely used by the British Empire and Imperial armies that continued to see service all the way through to WWII, it first saw combat with the Belgian Army in WWI. It is visually distinctive because of... The De Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth was a variant of the DH.60 Moth powered by the De Havilland Gipsy I engine. ... Fairey IIIFs of No. ... The Napier earthquake occurred at 10. ...


Like other western air arms, a major expansion began from the mid 1930s, the NZPAF acquiring more modern British types including significant numbers of Airspeed Oxford, Avro 626, Fairey Gordon, Vickers Vildebeest and Blackburn Baffin, and small numbers of other types. The NZPAF was renamed the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1934, and became an independent service in 1937. The Airspeed AS10 Oxford was a twin-engine aircraft used for training British Commonwealth aircrews in navigation, radio-operating, bombing and gunnery during World War II. // History The Oxford was based on Airspeeds commercial 8-seater Envoy III, seven of which had been modified for the South African Air... The Avro 626 Prefect is a single engined British biplane trainer from the inter war period. ... The Fairey Gordon was a British light bomber and utility aircraft. ... The Vickers Vildebeest was a very large 2- to 3-seat single-engined biplane acting as a light bomber, torpedo bomber and in the army cooperation role. ... BLACKBURN B-5 BAFFIN - The Blackburn Baffin was evolved under the direction of Major F A Bumpus in 1932 as a ver-sion of the earlier Ripon torpedo bomber, with a 545 hp Pegasus I.MS engine. ...


World War II

World War II in Europe

On the outbreak of World War II, the primary equipment of the RNZAF was 30 Vickers Wellington bombers, which the New Zealand government had offered to the United Kingdom in August 1939, together with the crews to fly them. Many other New Zealanders were serving in the RAF. The primary role of the RNZAF was to take advantage of New Zealand's distance from the conflict by training aircrew, as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme, alongside the other major former British colonies, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. For this task large numbers of De Havilland Tiger Moth, Airspeed Oxford and North American Harvard were manufactured or assembled locally, and second-hand biplanes acquired such as Hawker Hind and Vickers Vincents, as well as other types for specialised training such as Avro Anson and Supermarine Walrus. Only when German surface raiders became active was it realised a combat force would be needed in New Zealand in addition to the trainers. Combatants Allies: Soviet Union United Kingdom United States and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Franklin Roosevelt Joseph Stalin Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military dead: 8,000... The Vickers Wellington was a twin-engine, medium bomber designed in the mid-1930s at Brooklands in Weybridge, Surrey, by Vickers-Armstrongs Chief Designer, R.K. Pierson. ... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... External links The Canadian Contribution (includes newspaper archives) World War II Newspaper Archives — The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. ... The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth was a 1930s biplane designed by de Havilland and operated by the Royal Air Force and others as a primary trainer. ... The Airspeed AS10 Oxford was a twin-engine aircraft used for training British Commonwealth aircrews in navigation, radio-operating, bombing and gunnery during World War II. // History The Oxford was based on Airspeeds commercial 8-seater Envoy III, seven of which had been modified for the South African Air... The T-6 Texan was a single-engine, advanced trainer aircraft designed by North American Aviation and used to train fighter pilots of the USAAF, US Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II. The Texan is known by a variety of... The Hawker Hind was an Royal Air Force light-bomber of the inter-war years. ... The Vickers Vildebeest was a very large 2- to 3-seat single-engined biplane acting as a light bomber, torpedo bomber and in the army cooperation role. ... The Avro Anson was a twin-engine, multi-role aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and numerous other air forces during World War II and afterwards. ... The Supermarine Walrus was a reconnaissance amphibian designed by R. J. Mitchell and operated by the Fleet Air Arm. ...


New Zealand Squadrons of the RAF

Once trained the majority of RNZAF aircrew served with ordinary units of the RAF, or Fleet Air Arm. As with World War I they served in all theatres. At least 78 became aces. Amongst the New Zealanders in the RNZAF were pilots such as the first allied ace, Flying Officer Cobber Kain and leaders such as World War I ace, Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park, who commanded 11 Group in the Battle of Britain, the air defence of Malta and in the closing stages of the war, the RAF in South East Asia. Through accident or design, several of these RAF units came to be mostly manned by RNZAF pilots (for example No. 243 Squadron RAF in Singapore, No. 258 Squadron RAF in the UK and several Wildcat and Hellcat units of the FAA - leading several texts to claim these types of aircraft were used by the RNZAF). The Fleet Air Arm is the operational group of the Royal Navy responsible for the operation of the aircraft on board their ships. ... Cobber Kain was born Edgar James Kain in Hastings, New Zealand on 27 June 1918. ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Rodney Park GCB, KBE, MC, DFC, DCL (June 15, 1892 - February 6, 1975) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force in World War II. // Early Life and Army Career Park was born near Auckland, New Zealand. ... Combatants United Kingdom Germany Italy Commanders Hugh Dowding Hermann Göring Albert Kesselring Strength 700 fighters 1,260 bombers, 316 dive-bombers, 1,089 fighters Casualties 1,547 aircraft, 27,450 civilian dead, 32,138 wounded 2,698 aircraft One of the major campaigns of the early part of World... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ...


Some squadrons within the Royal Air Force were deliberately set aside for pilots from a particular country.


The first of these was 75 Squadron, formed by the Wellingtons and pilots lent by New Zealand in August 1939, and later Short Stirlings, Avro Lancasters and Avro Lincolns. Later New Zealand squadrons were 485, Supermarine Spitfires 486, Hawker Hurricanes, Hawker Typhoons and Hawker Tempests, 487, Lockheed Venturas and De Havilland Mosquitoes 488, Brewster Buffaloes, Hawker Hurricanes, Bristol Beaufighters and De Havilland Mosquitoes 489, Bristol Blenheims, Bristol Beauforts, Handley Page Hampdens, Bristol Beaufighters, and De Havilland Mosquitoes and 490, Consolidated Catalinas and Short Sunderlands. 75 Squadron may be: No. ... The Stirling was a World War II heavy bomber design built by Short Brothers. ... The Avro Lancaster was a four-engine World War II bomber aircraft made initially by Avro for the Royal Air Force (RAF). ... A line up of Avro Lincoln B.IIs (B.2) The Avro 694 Lincoln was a British 4-engined heavy bomber of World War II, first flying on June 9, 1944 and entering service in August 1945, too late to be used in action. ... Manned by New Zealand pilots of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, but controlled by the Royal Air Force, 485 Squadron was formed on 1 March 1941 at Driffield, in Yorkshire. ... The Supermarine Spitfire was a single-seat fighter used by the RAF and many Allied countries in World War II. Produced by Supermarine, the Spitfire was designed by R.J. Mitchell, who continued to refine it until his death in 1937. ... // 486 (NZ) Squadron RAF 486 Squadron was manned by New Zealand pilots, trained by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, but controlled by the Royal Air Force. ... The Hawker Hurricane is a fighter design from the 1930s which was used extensively by the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain. ... The Typhoon was a British single-seat fighter aircraft, produced by Hawker Aviation starting in 1941. ... Hawker Tempest II, RAF Museum, Hendon The Hawker Tempest was a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter aircraft of World War II, an improved derivative of the Hawker Typhoon, and one of the most powerful fighters used in the war. ... 487 Squadron formed as a day bomber unit on Lockheed Venturas, with Royal New Zealand Air Force pilots, at Feltwell on 15 August 1942. ... Lockheed PV-1 Ventura The Lockheed Ventura was a bomber and patrol aircraft of World War II, used by American and British forces in several guises. ... The de Havilland Mosquito (The Wooden Wonder a. ... 488(NZ) Squadron, Royal Air Force 488 Squadron formed in September 1941 at Rongotai, New Zealand under squadron leader W.G. Clouston, a veteran of the Battles of France and Britain with 9 victories to his credit. ... The Brewster Buffalo, or Brewster F2A, was a U.S. fighter plane which saw extensive service with both Allied and Axis air forces during World War II. In spite of an undeserved reputation for poor performance, it was relatively successful in air combat. ... The Hawker Hurricane is a fighter design from the 1930s which was used extensively by the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain. ... The Bristol Type 156 Beaufighter, often referred to as simply the Beau, was a long-range heavy fighter modification of the Bristol Aeroplane Companys earlier Beaufort torpedo bomber design. ... The de Havilland Mosquito (The Wooden Wonder a. ... Formed from pilots of the Royal New Zealand Air Force on 12 August 1941 under Coastal Command as an anti submarine and reconissance unit at Leuchars with Bristol Beauforts. ... The Bristol Type 142M Blenheim was a high-speed light bomber used extensively in the early days of World War II, built by Bristol Aeroplane Company. ... The Bristol Type 152 Beaufort was a large torpedo bomber designed by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, and developed from the earlier Blenheim light bomber. ... The Handley Page HP.52 Hampden was a twin-engine medium bomber of the Royal Air Force that was one of the main front-line bombers at the start of World War II. Along with the Whitley and Wellington bombers, the Hampden bore the brunt of the early bombing war... The Bristol Type 156 Beaufighter, often referred to as simply the Beau, was a long-range heavy fighter modification of the Bristol Aeroplane Companys earlier Beaufort torpedo bomber design. ... The de Havilland Mosquito (The Wooden Wonder a. ... Also known as 490 (NZ) Squadron, Royal Air Force Fortunate as the New Zealand squadron of the RAF which saw the least action, 490 formed 28 March 1943 with Royal New Zealand Air Force aircrew at Jui near Freetown in West Africa under Wing Commander D W Baird. ... The PBY Catalina was the definitive air-sea rescue aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s. ... The Sunderland, S.25, was a flying boat patrol bomber, developed for the Royal Air Force by Short Brothers, based on their successful S.23 Empire flying boats, the flagship of Imperial Airways. ...


The RNZAF in the Pacific

The presence of German raiders lead to the formation of New Zealand based combat units - initially rearming types like the Vildebeest, and hurriedly converting impressed airliners such as the DH86 to carry bombs. Lockheed Hudsons were obtained early in 1941 to take over this role. Lockheed Hudson Mk V The Lockheed Hudson was a light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force shortly before the outbreak of World War II. The Hudson was the first significant aircraft construction contract for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation—the initial RAF order for 200...


In December 1941 Japan attacked and rapidly conquered much of the area to the north of New Zealand, and it became imperative the country start building up its own defence rather than simply help the "mother country". Trainers in New Zealand such as the North American Harvard and Hawker Hind were camouflaged and armed. The Hudsons moved forward to Fiji and together with 5 Squadron with its obsolete Short Singapore flying boats commenced operations against the Japanese. A submarine launched Japanese float plane overflew Wellington and Auckland - where it was chased ineffectually by a Tiger Moth. As few combat capable aircraft were available at home, and Britain was unable to help, so New Zealand turned to the United States and signed a lend-lease agreement. Gradually at first, America was able to supply New Zealand with aircraft for use in the Pacific Theatre. Motto: Dieu et mon droit (Royal motto; French for God and my right) 3 Anthem: God Save the Queen 4 Capital London Most populous conurbation Greater London Urban Area Official language(s) None5 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen HM Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP Formation... The T-6 was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft designed by North American Aviation, used to train fighter pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II. The T-6 is known... The Hawker Hind was an Royal Air Force light-bomber of the inter-war years. ... The Short S. 19 Singapore name was given to developments of the original long range record breaking long range prototype. ... The Lend-Lease program was a program of the United States during World War II that allowed the United States to provide the Allied Powers with war material without becoming directly involved in the war. ...


The early lend-lease aircraft were obsolete and incapable of holding their own against the highly skilled and well-equipped Japanese air forces, but nothing else was available and the RNZAF flew with the tools they had to hand, notably at Guadalcanal where No 15 and No 14 squadrons equipped with Kittyhawks, fought with distinction in mid-1943. Other squadrons flew the elderly but effective Douglas Dauntless and later, the big, modern Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber. The Lend-Lease program was a program of the United States during World War II that allowed the United States to provide the Allied Powers with war material without becoming directly involved in the war. ... Guadalcanal, position (inset) and main towns Guadalcanal is a 2,510 square mile (6 500 km²) island in the Pacific Ocean and a province of the Solomon Islands. ... 15 Squadron RNZAF Former 1 June 1942 Whenupai Auckland, under Sqn Ldr A. Crighton. ... 14 Squadron RNZAF is an air force squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. ... The Curtiss P-40 was a U.S. single-engine, single-seat, low-wing, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft which first flew in 1938, and was used in great numbers in World War II. When production ceased in November 1944, 13,738 P-40s had been produced; they... The Douglas SBD Dauntless was the U.S. Navys main scout bomber and dive bomber from mid-1940 until 1943, when it was replaced by the SB2C Helldiver. ... The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors) was an American torpedo bomber, developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps and used by a large number of air forces around the world. ...


The RNZAF took on a major part of the maritime reconnaissance task too, with Catalina (and later Sunderland) flying boats and Lockheed Hudson bombers. PBY Catalina was the US Navy designation for an American and Canadian-built flying boat of the 1930s and 1940s. ... The Sunderland, S.25, was a flying boat patrol bomber, developed for the Royal Air Force by Short Brothers, based on their successful S.23 Empire flying boats, the flagship of Imperial Airways. ... Lockheed Hudson Mk V The Lockheed Hudson was a light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force shortly before the outbreak of World War II. The Hudson was the first significant aircraft construction contract for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation—the initial RAF order for 200...


The role of the RNZAF changed as the allies moved off the defensive. The Americans, leaders of the Allied nations in the Pacific, planned to bypass major Japanese strongholds, but instead captured a handful of island bases to provide a supply chain for an eventual attack on Japan itself. The Allied advance started from the South Pacific. The RNZAF was part of the force tasked with securing the line of advance by incapacitating the bypassed Japanese strongholds.


As the war progressed, the older types were replaced with more powerful modern aircraft: the Kittyhawks gave way to Corsairs and the Hudsons to Venturas. At its peak in the Pacific, the RNZAF had 13 squadrons of Corsair fighters, six of Venturas, two each of Catalinas and Avengers, No 25 Dauntless dive bombers, two of C-47 Dakotas, as well as mixed transport and communications squadrons, a flight of Short Sunderlands and nearly 1000 training machines. Worldwide the RNZAF had over 41,000 personnel. Chance Vought F4U Corsair. ... Lockheed PV-1 Ventura The Lockheed Ventura was a bomber and patrol aircraft of World War II, used by American and British forces in several guises. ... No. ... C-47A USAAF Serial #43-48052 The Douglas C-47 Skytrain or Dakota was a military transport that was developed from the Douglas DC-3 airliner. ... The Sunderland, S.25, was a flying boat patrol bomber, developed for the Royal Air Force by Short Brothers, based on their successful S.23 Empire flying boats, the flagship of Imperial Airways. ...


Postwar RNZAF

Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757-200 (NZ7572)
Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757-200 (NZ7572)

In the post war period the RNZAF dealt progressively with demobilisation and disposal of its large obsolete fleet, rearmament to support the cold war, some loss of training opportunities with the American suspension of ANZUS Treaty obligations in protest at New Zealand becoming a nuclear free zone, social changes which saw women become combat pilots, and most recently loss of fast jets as part of the continuing funding cuts, that have seen the air force decline from over a thousand aircraft to just fifty. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2752x1964, 536 KB) Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757-200 at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England, for an air display. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2752x1964, 536 KB) Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757-200 at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England, for an air display. ... American Airlines Boeing 757 Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 at LAX in August 2003. ... The Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty (ANZUS or ANZUS Treaty) is the military alliance which bound Australia, New Zealand and the United States to co-operate on defense matters in the Pacific Ocean area, though today the treaty is understood to relate to attacks in any area. ...


Following World War II, 14 Squadron was sent to Japan as part of the occupation J-Force. The rest of the air force rapidly divested itself of aircraft and manpower and settled mainly into training and transport mode before the advent of rejuvenated 14 and 75 squadrons. The first Gloster Meteor arrived in 1945, introducing the jet age. The force was equipped from 1946 with De Havilland Mosquito before the arrival of De Havilland Vampire which were used in peacekeeping in Cyprus, De Havilland Venoms and English Electric Canberras which saw action in the Malayan Emergency and subsequent confrontation with Indonesia. The Canberras were replaced in 1969 by A-4 Skyhawks, (the cheapest of the options considered). In the late 1980s further Skyhawks were obtained from Australia, and under the Kahu (Falcon) program, the fleet was updated with F-16 radar and avionics, acquiring AIM-9L, AGM-65 Maverick and laser guided bombs. The ageing Vampire fleet was used largely for training and any pretence of maintaining a fighter arm was abandoned when these were replaced by BAC Strikemasters in the early 1970s. When in the early 1990s these had to be retired due to serious wing fatigue they were replaced by Aermacchi MB-339s. Combatants Allies: Soviet Union United Kingdom United States and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Franklin Roosevelt Joseph Stalin Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military dead: 8,000... 14 Squadron RNZAF is an air force squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. ... 14 Squadron RNZAF is an air force squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with No. ... The Gloster Meteor was the first jet fighter aircraft of the British Royal Air Force, introduced into service only weeks after the Third Reichs Messerschmitt Me 262, in August 1944 during World War II. It was thus the second fighter jet in history and the first of the WWII... The de Havilland Mosquito (The Wooden Wonder a. ... The de Havilland Vampire, or DH.100, was the second jet-engined aircraft commissioned into the Royal Air Force during World War II (the first being the Gloster Meteor), although it did not see combat in that conflict. ... The de Havilland DH.112 Venom was a post- war jet single-seat fighter-bomber of the Royal Air Force. ... The English Electric Canberra was a first-generation jet bomber manufactured in large numbers through the 1950s, and as of 2006 some still remain in service. ... The Malayan Emergency was an insurrection and guerrilla war of the Malay Races Liberation Army against the British and Malayan administration from 1948-1960 in what is now Malaysia. ... The A-4 Skyhawk is an attack aircraft originally designed to operate from United States Navy aircraft carriers. ... In 1986, the Royal New Zealand Air Force initiated Project Kahu - a major upgrade for its A-4 Skyhawks which included the installation of a Westinghouse AN/APG-66 radar optimized for maritime tracking, HOTAS controls and a glass cockpit (2 large CRT screens), MIL-STD 1553B databus; Litton LN... The BAC 167 Strikemaster was a light jet-powered attack aircraft. ... The Aermacchi MB-339 is an Italian military trainer and attack aircraft. ...

A Seasprite of No. 6 Squadron RNZAF
A Seasprite of No. 6 Squadron RNZAF

In the immediate post war period, internal communications and transport were maintained by 42 Squadron. De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter and Auster types helped explore Antarctica. A research flight helped develop Aerial Topdressing. 5 and 6 squadrons traded their Catalinas for Short Sunderland MR5s, operating in maritime patrol and search and rescue roles from Hobsonville and Fiji before receiving Lockheed Orion P3Ks in 1965. Transport aircraft such as the Bristol Freighter, De Havilland Devon, Handley Page Hastings, Douglas DC-6, C-130 Hercules, Hawker Siddeley Andover, Boeing 727 and Boeing 757 operated by 1, 40, 41 and 42 Squadrons flew in support of the New Zealand Army in the Vietnam War, Afghanistan war, the Gulf Wars, as well as several UN missions such as UNTAET. Bell 47 introduced the helicopter to the RNZAF, and the Bell UH-1 Iroquois of 3 Squadron went to the Sinai and East Timor, while Westland Wasp and Kaman SH-2 Seasprite helicopters were also operated by the squadron. The Naval Support Flight was separated from 3 Squadron to re-form 6 Squadron in October 2005. Image File history File links NZ_Seasprite. ... Image File history File links NZ_Seasprite. ... 42 Squadron of the RNZAF was formed at Rongotai (Wellington) in December 1943 to provide a communications service around the country. ... C-FGYN Adlair Aviation Ltd. ... De Havilland Otter Categories: Aircraft stubs | Canadian civil utility aircraft 1960-1969 | Canadian military utility aircraft 1960-1969 ... Auster Autocrat from 1952 For the Roman god of the south wind, see Notus. ... Aerial Topdressing is the spreading of fertilisers such as Superphosphate over farm land. ... At the outbreak of hostilities in the Pacific, operated Short Singapores from Fiji against Japan on maratime patrol and antisubmarine duties. ... A Seasprite of No. ... The Sunderland, S.25, was a flying boat patrol bomber, developed for the Royal Air Force by Short Brothers, based on their successful S.23 Empire flying boats, the flagship of Imperial Airways. ... The Lockheed Corporation produced two kinds of aircraft named Orion. ... The Bristol Type 170 Freighter was a twin-engined propeller cargo aircraft designed and built by Bristol Aeroplane Company to carry motor cars and their owners over small distances. ... de Havilland Dove The de Havilland DH.104 Dove was a British monoplane short-haul airliner from de Havilland, the successor to the bi-plane de Havilland Dragon Rapide and was one of Britains most successful post-war civil designs. ... The Handley Page HP 67 Hastings was a troop-carrier and freight transport of the Royal Air Force. ... The Douglas DC-6 is an aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company from 1946 to 1959. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft and the main tactical airlifter for military forces worldwide. ... The Hawker Siddeley Andover is a twin engined turboprop transport aircraft produced by Hawker-Siddeley and developed from the Avro 748 airliner. ... The Boeing 727 is a large, single-aisle (narrow-body) commercial jet airliner carrying as many as 189 passengers. ... American Airlines Boeing 757 Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 at LAX in August 2003. ... To provide a medium range transport squadron in New Zealand, No. ... Used Douglas C-47Dakotas for transport in the southern pacific in the 1940s, later using Bristol Freighters, Handley Page Hastings and Douglas DC-6. ... 42 Squadron of the RNZAF was formed at Rongotai (Wellington) in December 1943 to provide a communications service around the country. ... The New Zealand Army (or NZ Army) (Maori Ngati Tumatauenga, Translation Tribe of the God of War) is the land armed force of the New Zealand military and comprises around 4,500 regular personnel and 2,500 non-regulars and civilians. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) United States of America South Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Peoples Republic of China Strength ~1,200,000 (1968) ~520,000 (1968) Casualties South Vietnamese dead: 230... Wars during the History of Afghanistan include: The First Anglo-Afghan War The Second Anglo_Afghan War The Third Anglo_Afghan War The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Combatants UN Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf, Sir Patrick Hine, Michel Roquejeoffre Saddam Hussein, Ali Hassan al-Majid, Hussein Kamel Strength 660,000 545,000 Casualties 345 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 - 100,000 dead, 100,000 - 300,000 wounded The 1991 Gulf War (also called the... The UN Transitional Administration in East Timor provided an interim civil administration and a peacekeeping mission in the territory of East Timor. ... Bell 47G Bell 47J Bell 47G in M*A*S*H paint scheme. ... A UH-1D Huey seen offloading troops during the Vietnam War The Bell Helicopter UH-1 Iroquois, commonly (or officially in the United States Marine Corps) known as the Huey, is a multipurpose military helicopter, famous for its use in the Vietnam War. ... During World War II the squadron operated Lockheed Hudsons and Lockheed Venturas as patrol bombers in the South Pacific. ... Sinai Peninsula, Gulf of Suez (west), Gulf of Aqaba (east) from Space Shuttle STS-40 For other uses of the word Sinai, please see: Sinai (disambiguation). ... Westland Wasp The Westland Wasp was a general purpose helicopter, basically a derivative of the British Army Scout helicopter, with the requirement of being small enough to land on Royal Navy frigates. ... The Kaman SH-2G Seasprite is a United States Navy ship-based helicopter with anti-submarine, anti-surface threat capability, including over-the-horizon targeting. ...


21st century

An image depicting a NH90 in New Zealand service
An image depicting a NH90 in New Zealand service

In 2001 the Labour Government, citing a benign security environment, cancelled the purchase of 28 Block 15 F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters, and disbanded the existing A-4 Skyhawk and Aermacchi MB-339 squadrons. One of the units disbanded included the famous No. 75 Squadron, an ex New Zealand squadron unit in the Royal Air Force that transferred to the RNZAF due to that unit's meritorious service during World War II and last flew A-4 Skyhawk fighter bombers. The other disbanded squadrons were No. 2 Squadron flying A-4 Skyhawks and No. 14 Squadron flying Aermacchi MB-339CB aircraft. Image File history File links NH90_NZDF.jpg‎ Summary Sourced from: http://www. ... Image File history File links NH90_NZDF.jpg‎ Summary Sourced from: http://www. ... The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a modern multi-role jet fighter aircraft designed in the United States. ... The A-4 Skyhawk is an attack aircraft originally designed to operate from United States Navy aircraft carriers. ... The Aermacchi MB-339 is an Italian military trainer and attack aircraft. ... Established as a unit of the Royal Airforce for Home Defence in 1916, 75 Squadron initially flew BE type tractor biplanes. ... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Combatants Allies: Soviet Union United Kingdom United States and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Franklin Roosevelt Joseph Stalin Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military dead: 8,000... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... 14 Squadron may be: No. ...


By 2003, the RNZAF was reduced to a total of 50 aircraft and 2,523 personnel (including civilian employees). The RNZAF no longer has any strike capability. Current duties include maritime patrol, search and rescue, and transport.


In 2005 The New Zealand Ministry of Defence selected the NH90 helicopter to replace the RNZAF's ageing fleet of 14 UH-1H Iroquois helicopters. The NZ government allocated NZ$550 million for the replacement of the Iroquois and the RNZAF's small fleet of Bell 47 Sioux training helicopters. In late 2005, the NZ government announced the surviving A4K Skyhawks and MB339Cs, (17 aircraft of each type each, not counting A4s in museums), were to be sold to an American company, Tactical Air Systems, for use in jet training, subject to the usual US governmental approvals. Tactical Air Systems announced RNZAF colour schemes would be preserved, "out of respect for the history and traditions of the RNZAF". The aircraft remain in storage at Woodbourne due to U.S. State Department concerns about having two squadrons of combat jets operating over the US in private hands. The NHI NH90 is a twin-engine, ten-ton multi-role helicopter manufactured by NHIndustries, a company established by Agusta, Eurocopter and Stork Fokker Aerospace. ... Mil (Russian Federation) Mi-8, by far the most common model of helicopter in the world with more than 12 thousand units built, sixfold quantity comparing to production of the second most common model Sikorsky S-70. ... // Overview The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, commonly known as the Huey, was a multipurpose military helicopter, famous for its use in the Vietnam war. ... The Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee, also known as the League of Peace and Power, Five Nations, or Six Nations) is a group of First Nations/Native Americans. ... Bell 47G Bell 47J Bell 47G in M*A*S*H paint scheme. ... The Sioux (also: Lakota) are a Native American people. ... In 1986, the Royal New Zealand Air Force initiated Project Kahu - a major upgrade for its A-4 Skyhawks which included the installation of a Westinghouse AN/APG-66 radar optimized for maritime tracking, HOTAS controls and a glass cockpit (2 large CRT screens), MIL-STD 1553B databus; Litton LN... Skyhawk is name of two aircraft Cessna 172 Skyhawk a single engine, four seat light aircraft Douglas A-4 Skyhawk a ground attack jet aircraft This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Victoria Crosses

Lloyd Trigg 1914-1943. On the recommendation of U-Boat survivors, Trigg was awarded the VC for continuing to attack their submarine until it sank, even after his Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber was engulfed in flames. Flying Officer Lloyd Allan Trigg, VC, DFC, of Houhora, New Zealand, was the only Allied serviceman in either World Wars 1 or 2 to be recommended for a VC by the enemy. ... U-boat is also a nickname for some diesel locomotives built by GE; see List of GE locomotives October 1939. ... Royal Canadian Air Force B-24 Liberator A B-24 Liberator photographed from above while in flight The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft, and was used by most of the Allied air forces in World War II. Designed as a...


Leonard Trent 1915-86. For inspiring 487 Squadron to persist in an attack deemed vital until all of its Lockheed Venturas were shot down. Trent became a prisoner of war and later took part in the Great Escape. New Zealand pilot and Victoria Cross winner. ... 487 Squadron formed as a day bomber unit on Lockheed Venturas, with Royal New Zealand Air Force pilots, at Feltwell on 15 August 1942. ... Lockheed PV-1 Ventura The Lockheed Ventura was a bomber and patrol aircraft of World War II, used by American and British forces in several guises. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... The Great Escape (1963; director: John Sturges) is a famous World War II film, based on a true story about Allied POWs with a record for escaping from POW camps. ...


James Allen Ward 1919-41 For climbing on the wing of his 75 Squadron Vickers Wellington bomber AA-R to smother a fire in flight. Ward was shot down and killed in a raid on Hamburg two months later. James Allen Ward was a New Zealander recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with No. ... The Vickers Wellington was a twin-engine, medium bomber designed in the mid-1930s at Brooklands in Weybridge, Surrey, by Vickers-Armstrongs Chief Designer, R.K. Pierson. ...


RNZAF bases

HRH The Prince of Wales in uniform as a RNZAF Air Commodore inspects troops at RNZAF Base Auckland on March 8, 2005. ... RNZAF Base Ohakea is a base of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, located 22km West of Palmerston North near Bulls in the Manawatu. ... RNZAF Base Woodbourne is a base of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, located near Blenheim. ...

Current strength

Aircraft

A P-3K Orion maritime patrol aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force in an early colour scheme
A P-3K Orion maritime patrol aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force in an early colour scheme
  • Six P-3K Orions are operated in the maritime patrol mission. Five were originally delivered in 1966 as P-3Bs. Another was purchased from the RAAF in 1985, following which all were upgraded to their current standard.
  • Five SH-2G(NZ) Seasprites were purchased in 1997 for operation from the RNZN's new Anzac class frigates. Although these are navy aircraft, they are operated and maintained by the RNZAF.
  • Three Beech Kingair B200 were leased by the RNZAF in 1998, with a further two leased in 2000. These are used in the multi-engined training role.
  • Two Boeing 757-200s are operated in the fast air transport role.
  • Five C-130H Hercules are operated in the air transport role. Three were delivered in 1966, with a further two in 1969.
  • The UH-1H Iroquois is the most numerous operational aircraft in the RNZAF inventory, with 14 units in service.
  • 13 Pacific Aerospace CT-4E Airtrainers were leased by the RNZAF in 1998 to serve as the air force's basic flying trainer.
  • Five Bell 47 Sioux are in service as basic helicopter trainers.
  • Eight NH90 helicopters have been purchased by the Ministry of Defence for $771 million, including costs for parts and services. Expected to be operational in New Zealand from 2010, they will replace the Iroquois.

Image File history File links From NZ govt records File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links From NZ govt records File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... P-3 Orion The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a maritime patrol aircraft of the United States military used primarily for maritime patrol, reconnaissance, and anti-submarine warfare. ... The RAAF Roundel is based on that of the British Royal Air Force, with the central circle replaced by a Kangaroo, a symbol of Australia. ... The Kaman SH-2G Seasprite is a United States Navy ship-based helicopter with anti-submarine, anti-surface threat capability, including over-the-horizon targeting. ... The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) is the navy of New Zealand. ... HMAS Anzac operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. ... King Air is the general name for a family of all-metal, twin-turboprop civilian aircraft produced by the Beech Aircraft Corporation (now Raytheon). ... American Airlines Boeing 757 Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 at LAX in August 2003. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft and the main tactical airlifter for military forces worldwide. ... A UH-1D Huey seen offloading troops during the Vietnam War The Bell Helicopter UH-1 Iroquois, commonly (or officially in the United States Marine Corps) known as the Huey, is a multipurpose military helicopter, famous for its use in the Vietnam War. ... The Pacific Aerospace Corporation CT/4 Airtrainer series are all-metal construction, single-engine, two place side-by-side seating, fully aerobatic, piston engined, basic training aircraft manufactured in Hamilton, New Zealand. ... Bell 47G Bell 47J Bell 47G in M*A*S*H paint scheme. ... The NHI NH90 is a twin-engine, ten-ton multi-role helicopter manufactured by NHIndustries, a company established by Agusta, Eurocopter and Stork Fokker Aerospace. ...

Squadrons

During World War II the squadron operated Lockheed Hudsons and Lockheed Venturas as patrol bombers in the South Pacific. ... At the outbreak of hostilities in the Pacific, operated Short Singapores from Fiji against Japan on maratime patrol and antisubmarine duties. ... A Seasprite of No. ... Used Douglas C-47Dakotas for transport in the southern pacific in the 1940s, later using Bristol Freighters, Handley Page Hastings and Douglas DC-6. ... 42 Squadron of the RNZAF was formed at Rongotai (Wellington) in December 1943 to provide a communications service around the country. ...

Symbols, flags and emblems

The RNZAF roundel
The RNZAF roundel

The RNZAF ensign was approved in 1939, based on the ensign of the Royal Air Force, with the letters "NZ" inserted within the roundel. Image File history File links Rnzaf_roundel. ... Image File history File links Rnzaf_roundel. ...


Until the 1950s NZPAF and RNZAF aircraft flew with Royal Air Force roundels; sometimes only the "NZ" prefix to the serial number revealed its nationality within the Commonwealth. A white kiwi or silver fern on a black background, or a New Zealand flag frequently appeared on RNZAF aircraft, (but also on RAF aircraft with NZ aircrew). Map outlines of New Zealand, with a Kiwi superimposed, appeared on the tails of Canberras flown from Singapore in the Malayan Emergency. From the mid 1950s RNZAF roundels were at first modified by placing a silver fern frond within the inner red circle. The Kiwi roundel was only adopted at the end of the 1960s. To assist camouflage in the 1980s the white was sometimes eliminated, providing a red kiwi within a blue circle (e.g. on Hercules, Aermacchis and Skyhawks). The kiwi roundel is now frequently a black circle around a black kiwi (Hercules, Iroquois) or two tone grey (Orion, Sea Sprite). The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... The Commonwealth of Nations (CN), usually known as the Commonwealth, is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states, almost all of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom. ... Species A kiwi is any of the species of small flightless birds endemic to New Zealand of the genus Apteryx (the only genus in family Apterygidae). ... Headline text {{Taxobox | color = lightgreen | name = Silver Fern | status = Conservation status: Secure | image = Silver Fern. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The Flag of New Zealand is a defaced blue ensign with the Union Flag in the canton, and four red stars with white borders to the right. ... The Malayan Emergency was an insurrection and guerrilla war of the Malay Races Liberation Army against the British and Malayan administration from 1948-1960 in what is now Malaysia. ...


See also

This is a list of Air forces, sorted alphabetically by country. ... This is a list of aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Royal New Zealand Navy. ... This is a list of squadrons of the Royal New Zealand Air Force RNZAF Flying Squadrons and units 3 Squadron 5 Squadron 40 Squadron 42 Squadron Central Flying School Pilot Training School Former RNZAF Squadrons 1 Squadron 2 Squadron 4 Squadron 6 Squadron 7 Squadron 8 Squadron 9 Squadron 10... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... The Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum is primarily a museum of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, its predecessor, the New Zealand Permanent Air Force and New Zealand squadrons of the Royal Air Force. ... Formed after World War I, as a mostly part time organisation, manned by New Zealand pilots who had served in the war. ...

External links

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