Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)

Kiwi Harvard airborne after 65 years

Wartime trainer restored to original RNZAF colours at Wanaka

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RNZAF using King Air 350i fleet to bridge ISR capability gap

Two of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s four sensor pod-equipped King Air 350i aircraft were signed off in February to perform operational ISR missions in addition to their existing crew training roles

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New Zealand’s multirole military Boeing 757s

For 20 years the Royal New Zealand Air Force has operated two Boeing 757s. The aircraft have performed many and varied missions from Antarctica to the Pacific Islands, and from the Middle East to Europe, but a replacement is overdue. Jim Winchester reports

New Zealand retires first legacy C-130H(NZ) Hercules

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has withdrawn the first of its five-strong fleet of Lockheed C-130H(NZ) Hercules tactical transports from service after nearly 60 years of operations

Lockheed Orion on its way to museum

Following the final flights of the RNZAF’s Lockheed P-3K2 Orion fleet in January, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand has confirmed that an example will join its collection

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Countering China - Australia and New Zealand ponder future forces

As China’s influence expands across the Indo-Pacific region and its military forces are modernised at an ever-increasing rate, Australia and New Zealand have tough decisions to make about the future force structure of their military, writes Tim Fish

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Flying a unique survivor: the Avro 626

Avro 626 NZ203: survivor of the pre-war Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the sole example of its kind in the world. Just one pilot can still claim any experience on this delightful biplane, thanks to its brief post-restoration flying career nearly 40 years ago

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New Zealand warbirds - flight of the All Blacks

The RNZAF has established the Air Force Heritage Flight of New Zealand. Gavin Conroy spoke to the outfit’s flight commander, Sqn Ldr Michael Williams to discuss the team’s aims and explains how it came into being

New Zealand expedites P-3K2 Orion retirement despite capability gap

The New Zealand Defence Force announced on December 13 that it will retire its five remaining Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft five months earlier than planned due to staff shortages and maintenance constraints

New Zealand receives first P-8A Poseidon from Boeing

Boeing delivered the first of four P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to the Royal New Zealand Air Force during a ceremony at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, on December 7