Discover New Zealand's military aviation history at the place where it all began
Discover a variety of engaging special exhibitions at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
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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Behind the Scenes Tour
Take our special half-hour guided tour to learn more about the Museum’s work ‘behind the scenes’ and discover the aircraft, vehicles and engines in our reserve collection.
With regularly changing themes and challenges, our hunts are a fun way for families to explore the Museum together.
Revamp Vintage Market Takes Flight
‘Revamp Vintage Market Takes Flight’ at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand! Come along and explore the biggest market yet with an incredible selection of stalls from Christchurch’s best vintage stores and local artisans. Free entry!
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Collections & Research
The Air Force Museum of New Zealand holds the national collection of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
Kiwis in Combat – Flying the Meteor with the Australians in Korea
This is the story of two New Zealanders and one epic battle they fought alongside Australian pilots in true ANZAC spirit. In 1950, the Cold War heated up when conflict between North and South Korea brought the United Nations (UN) into the struggle. China later joined the war in support of the faltering North Koreans.…
I Would Not Step Back by Hilary Pedersen and associated writers
“I Would Not Step Back…” by Hilary Pedersen et al., Phil Lamason Heritage Centre Trust (Dannevirke) 2017. ‘The wagon was jammed with 96 men, a number which, in the height of summer, and the only ventilation about a 2sq foot window, appeared disastrous. But I managed to exert some authority, and like a chess board…
The Centenary of the RAF
Thousands of New Zealand airmen, like the Kiwis in this No. 75 (NZ) Squadron crew, served with the RAF during World War Two. Image ref: MUS9809010 © Air Force Museum of New Zealand. A Century of Service On 1 April, the Royal Air Force (RAF) will celebrate one hundred years as the world’s first independent…
How do we slow the signs of aging?
While this may sound like a skin care ad, it’s not – this is preventative conservation museum-style. When it comes to slowing the aging process of our clothing collection at the Air Force Museum there are several principles we follow – it is all about preventing damage, without the use of any anti-aging miracle creams.…
The Flyer by Martin Francis
The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force 1939–1945 by Martin Francis, Oxford University Press (New York) 2008. Re-reading the RAF: cultural imaginings of the flyer The flyer – dashing youth, fortune hunter, chivalrous adventurer, city destroyer and defender. Given the popular appeal and significant wartime role of the RAF flyer between 1939 and…
RNZAF Stories: Mogadishu Memories
In January 1993 three RNZAF Andover transport aircraft and their crews from No. 42 Squadron were deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia. During the 1990s, the RNZAF was deployed to several war-torn regions of the world as peacekeepers and sources of humanitarian relief, a role they still fulfil today. Torn apart by civil war between local warlords and…