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What we can help with


We wish to advise researchers that our remote enquiry service and public reading room will be closed for a period of seven months from 1 May 2021. This is being done to allow our team to focus on clearing a significant backlog of new additions to the collection.

We do appreciate that this may be frustrating, and we apologise for any inconvenience it may cause. However, this project will ultimately help make our collection more accessible for researchers, as thousands of new items will be added to our collection management system, as well as being digitised, which will pave the way for more of our collection to be made available online. Since launching in February 2020, our online photo database has been enormously popular, and we are looking forward to expanding this to other parts of the collection from next year onwards.

Keep following our blog, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook, as our Collections team will be sharing progress reports, and some of the amazing things they work on over the next few months.


Read below to learn about the range of historical enquiries our Research Team can help with.

Find out how we can help with your research

What we can help with


Every day, our Research Team handles a wide range of research queries relating to many different aspects of RNZAF history and New Zealand military aviation in general.

From a family member looking for information on their grandfather’s wartime Air Force service, to an aircraft modeller requesting colour scheme details for an RNZAF aircraft, an engineering consultant asking for copies of historic plans for a former RNZAF building, or even someone in Europe enquiring about a New Zealand pilot whose grave they care for.

We use the extensive research collection at the Museum to help find an answer wherever possible.

If you have an Air Force-related research enquiry, browse our list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you get started, then feel free to contact our Research Team directly with the details of your query.

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