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Aermacchi MB-339CB

The MB-339 provided RNZAF pilots with their introduction to fast jet operations, bridging the gap between the CT/4E Airtrainer, in which they had completed their initial pilot training.

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Aerospace CT/4B Airtrainer

The CT/4 Airtrainer was the primary pilot training aircraft for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) for nearly 40 years.

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Airspeed Oxford

The RNZAF operated 299 Oxfords in all between 1938-1954 – more than nearly any other aircraft type.

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Auster Mk.7c

The Auster Mk.c NZ1707 braved freezing conditions supporting the RNZAF Antarctic Flight in Commonwealth as part of the Trans-Atlantic Expedition of 1956-58.

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Avro 626

This aircraft is one of four Avro 626s originally purchased by the New Zealand Permanent Air Force (precursor to the RNZAF) as training aircraft in 1935.

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Avro 652A Anson Mk.I

Used in New Zealand RNZAF in 1942-1943 for general reconnaissance and advanced navigational training until 1952.

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BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk.88

The RNZAF acquired 10 British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) Strikemaster aircraft in 1972 to replace the De Havilland Vampire

Group of pilots from 'B' Flight, Number 32 Squadron, resting on the grass in front of one of their Hurricanes at Royal Air Force Station Hawkinge. This is during the Battle of Britain. L-R: Pilot Officer RF Smythe, Pilot Officer K Gillman, Pilot Officer JE Proctor, Flight Lieutenant PM Brothers, Pilot Officer DH Grice, Pilot Officer PM Gardner, Pilot Officer AF Eckford.
Bell 47G-3B-1 Sioux

The MB-339 provided RNZAF pilots with their introduction to fast jet operations, bridging the gap between the CT/4E Airtrainer, in which they had completed their initial pilot training.

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Bell UH-1H Iroquois

The Iroquois is one of the world’s most iconic helicopters, famous for its extensive role in the Vietnam War and distinctive ‘whock-whock’ sound.

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Bell UH-1H Iroquois ‘NZ3800’

The Iroquois is one of the world’s most iconic helicopters, famous for its extensive role in the Vietnam War and distinctive ‘whock-whock’ sound.

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Bleriot XI-2 ‘Britannia’

This aircraft is a replica of ‘Britannia’, New Zealand’s first military aircraft.

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Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk

The P-40 Kittyhawk was the backbone of RNZAF fighter squadrons from 1942 to the middle of 1944.

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De Havilland D.H.100 Vampire F.B. Mk.5

The RNZAF originally purchased 18 FB.5 single-seater Vampires in 1951 to equip No. 14 Squadron at Ohakea.

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De Havilland D.H.115 Vampire T.Mk.11

The Vampire T.11 was the first aircraft type in RNZAF service to be equipped with ejection seats.

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De Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth Mk.II

The RNZAF operated a total of 335 Tiger Moths from 1939 to 1956. They were used almost exclusively for basic flying training, and was the principal initial pilot trainer during World War Two.

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Douglas C-47 Dakota

The C-47 was the first transport aircraft to serve with New Zealand’s armed forces when it entered service with No. 40 Squadron RNZAF in 1943.

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English Electric Canberra B.Mk.20

The RNZAF Canberras saw active service in the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation between 1964 and 1966, operating from Singapore and Borneo.

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Grumman TBF-1 Avenger

The RNZAF received 48 Grumman Avengers in 1943-44 to equip its two torpedo bomber squadrons, Nos. 30 and 31, both of which carried out operational tours in the Pacific during World War Two.

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Kaman Seasprite SH-2F

Four SH-2F aircraft served with the Royal New Zealand Navy from 1997 to 2001 as interim aircraft pending the delivery of the new Seasprite SH-2G helicopters.

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Lockheed Hudson MKIII

Lockheed Hudson MKIII formed a major part of the RNZAF’s operational capabilities in maritime search and strike operation roles.

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McDonnell Douglas TA-4K Skyhawk – NZ6254

The Skyhawks served with No. 75 Squadron at Ohakea, and later, with No. 2 Squadron at RAN Nowra in Australia, as a multi-role aircraft capable of conducting fighter ground attack, battlefield interdiction, air-to-air and maritime strike operations.

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North American Harvard MKIII

Originally reserved for advanced pilot training during World War Two, the Harvard later became the RNZAF’s principle initial pilot training aircraft.

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North American P-51 Mustang

The RNZAF received 30 Mustangs in 1945 from the United States as part of the planned replacement of the Corsair fighter aircraft.

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Schleicher KA 4 Rhonlerche II Glider

This glider, once owned and operated by the Air Training Corps (ATC), is one of only four examples on public display around the world.

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Sopwith Pup

Replica displayed as an aircraft flown by New Zealander Captain Harold F. Beamish DSC, with No. 3 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service during the First World War.

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Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.XVIE

Although the RNZAF did not operate Spitfires in its own right, many hundreds of New Zealanders piloted them while serving with the RAF during World War Two.

More of our aircraft collection coming to our website soon!

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