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Open Daily 10am to 5pm
People of the Air Force Museum

Meet our people

Smokey Dawson Technical Volunteer

You will most commonly find Smokey these days in the Museum’s workshops, beavering away on the Catalina. Although he’s only been volunteering with us since 2013, his association with the Museum, and with the Catalina in particular, goes back much further. Click the image to read more...

Ray Sheridan Volunteer Guide

Ray Sheridan began volunteering with us as a guide in 2015, motivated in part by an interest in aircraft, but also a family association – he has a granddaughter who is a medic in the Air Force, currently based at Woodbourne. Click the image to read more...

Sam McKinnon Exhibitions Designer

Sam McKinnon has been our Exhibitions Designer for a little over two years now, having come to us from Canterbury Museum where she previously worked as an Exhibitions Technician. As her job title suggests, it is Sam who is the creative talent behind our exhibitions and displays. Click the image to read more...

Ron Reeve Technical Volunteer

After a lifetime spent ‘playing with aeroplanes’, volunteering in the technical section here at the Air Force Museum seemed a natural way for Ron Reeve to spend his retirement. Click the image to read more...

Hans Nagelkerke Volunteer Guide

Hans Nagelkerke hails from the Netherlands, where he did a period of service in the Dutch Air Force, beginning as an assistant engineer and finishing up as a crew chief on the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. When he left the military, the job market in the Netherlands was not all that positive, so following recommendations from family already in New Zealand, he emigrated in 1981. Click the image to read more...

mike harrison technical volunteer

For ex-RNZAF Mechanical Transport (MT) driver, Mike Harrison, volunteering in the technical section at the Air Force Museum was top of the list when he retired – he was so keen, in fact, to be back amongst old mates, that he started here on his very first day of retirement, back in 2005. Click the image to read more...

marylynne tilleyshort museum assistant

With her background as a clerk in the NZ Army, Marylynne is perfectly poised to coordinate a wide range of administrative duties at the Museum, from running our busy Museum Headquarters reception, to liaising with our colleagues at Vbase. Click the image to read more...


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An introduction to fabric doping

'Isa Lei – a Fijian Melody' [front cover and first pages]. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Music: Capturing a time and a place

Bruno Loerzer was commander of Jagdstaffel 26 in early 1918. He finished the War with 20 aircraft shot down and this photo shows him beside his Albatros D.V. Image from the K. L. Caldwell personal album collection.

Airmen of the First World War – Remembering the other side

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