Horizon to Horizon
"The Flight Path of our Air Force"
The ‘Horizon to Horizon’ gallery is where you will find the history of New Zealand’s military aviation presented through stories, objects, photos and film - and some very life-like dioramas!
An illustrated timeline runs through the centre of the gallery, which provides historical context through key dates and milestones.
There is an emphasis throughout the gallery on personal stories. This is what truly engages many of our visitors - the stories and artefacts of the ‘people behind the planes’ – the men and women who have helped shape New Zealand’s military aviation journey from World War One to the present.
A particular highlight to look out for in the ‘Horizon Gallery’ is Flight Lieutenant Henry B. Fanshaw, the much-loved teddy bear mascot of No. 75 Squadron RNZAF. Fanshaw now resides in contented retirement here at the Museum following the disbandment of his Squadron in 2001.
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