Gift Shop
Find Us
,Reach for the skies,
Discover our landmark '80 Years in 80 Stories' project.
Get on board our
flight simulator

Online Exhibitions

Vietnam – the RNZAF Story


When the United States of America entered Vietnam in 1965 to assist South Vietnam fend off attacks from the communist North, they initiated a high intensity conflict that would last for ten years, and cause considerable political and moral division within the Western world.

New Zealand’s decision to take part in what was already an unpopular war was contentious, but for the Kiwi servicemen who were sent to South Vietnam, it was simply part of meeting the military’s statutory obligation to conform to the direction of the government of the day. The story of the ground troops is reasonably well-known, including the treatment of veterans when they returned to New Zealand and the Government’s public apology in 2008 for that treatment. This exhibition tells the much less documented story of the part played by Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) personnel in the conflict.


Next page: The Vietnam War – An Overview