Discover New Zealand's military aviation history at the place where it all began
Read our latest blog articles to learn more about what’s going on at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Discover a variety of engaging special exhibitions at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
This stunning stained glass window and monument stands as a tribute to the thousands of New Zealanders who gave their lives in defence of their country in air operations around the world.
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A Bridge Too Far? Remembering New Zealand airmen and the battle for Arnhem 75 years on
Discover more about one of the most daring and ambitious military operations in history, Codenamed Operation Market-Garden which took place in Holland.
Many a Close Run Thing
An excerpt from the published memoirs of Tom Enright, a veteran New Zealand pilot from Central Otago. Tom joined the RNZAF in 1951, and on graduation, was recommended for a cadetship with the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell, England. His first 20 years flying was in a variety of military aircraft, including Vampires and Sunderlands, and he was a member of the famed RNZAF Vampire aerobatic team. He then spent the next 25 years as an airline pilot. This is an extract from his new book Many A Close Run Thing (Harper Collins NZ).
Boeing 727 nose joins our collection
Read more about the arrival at the Museum of the nose section of former RNZAF Boeing 727 NZ7272.
The Berlin Airlift – Seventy Years On
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the climax of one of the most remarkable logistic and humanitarian operations in history.
“Dismal News”: New Zealand Airmen’s reactions to the Armistice
At the 11th hour of 11 November 1918, the guns on the battlefields of Western Europe fell silent, marking the end of what would later be known as the First World War. Newspapers around the world reported the momentous news in detail, and people across the world rejoiced. Yorkshire Telegraph and Star newspaper, 11 November…
The New Zealand Fighter Wing and Mono Island, 1943 – taking the fight to the Japanese
By October 1943, the tide of the war in the Pacific against Imperial Japan had turned in favour of the Allies. Following the defeat of Japan’s aircraft carrier fleet at Midway in June 1942, the offensive passed to the Americans with Australian and New Zealand forces in support. Key to pushing onward was the seizure…