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Air Force Museum

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Aircraft

Explore our aircraft and learn about New Zealand’s aviation history.

From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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Read our latest blog articles to learn more about what’s going on at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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Exhibitions

Discover a variety of engaging special exhibitions at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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News

Find out about the latest news from the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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Photographs

Browse digitised parts of our photograph collection online.

Reflect

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Memorial Alcove

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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Roll of Honour

A memorial and record of all New Zealanders who have died while in service with the RNZAF or other air forces since 1915.

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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.

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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).

The nose section of NZ7272 being lifted away from the rest of the fuselage, 1 May 2019. Images courtesy of RNZAF Base Woodbourne staff.

Boeing 727 nose joins our collection

Read more about the arrival at the Museum of the nose section of former RNZAF Boeing 727 NZ7272.

1948 Christmas card from RAF Fassberg, Germany. The cover illustrates the air bridge from Fassberg to Berlin. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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.

Malcolm ‘Mac’ McGregor, photographed by his great friend Keith ‘Grid’ Caldwell next to his SE.5a scout in 1918. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

“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…

18 Squadron RNZAF fighter pilots Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Balfour (left) and Squadron Leader John Oldfield outside New Zealand Fighter Wing Headquarters, Ondonga, New Georgia, 1943. Image ref PR2360 ©RNZAF Official.

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…

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As the Air Force Museum of New Zealand is currently closed in accordance with government guidelines, our online shop service is also temporarily suspended. No orders will be able to be processed until such time as staff are able to return to work. Thank you for your understanding in these exceptional circumstances. For more information on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here

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Open daily from 10am to 5pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch | 03 343 9532

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