List of aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Royal New Zealand Navy

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Royal New Zealand Air Force
Ensign of the RNZAF
Aircraft and Squadrons
List of aircraft of the RNZAF and RNZN
List of squadrons of the RNZAF
Bases
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RNZAF Base Ohakea
RNZAF Base Woodbourne
Other
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This is a list of aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Royal New Zealand Navy. For active aircraft see List of active New Zealand military aircraft.

Aircraft[edit]

A[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
Aermacchi MB-339 MB-339CB 18  Italy 1991-2001
AESL Airtourer 4  New Zealand 1970-1993 See also CT4
AgustaWestland A109 6  Italy ordered 2007 (one used for spares)
Aichi E13A "Jake" 1  Japan Captured aircraft flown in theatre).
Airspeed Consul 6  UK 1948-1954
Airspeed Oxford 229  UK 1938-1954
Avro 504 504K, 504L 31  UK 1920-1931 New purchases in 1925, others were Imperial Gift aircraft, loaned to private companies 1920-1923 or 24. Some lost in accidents while on loan.
Avro Prefect 4  UK 1935–1943
Avro Anson 25  UK 1942-1952
Avro Lancaster  UK 1943-1945 RAF aircraft operated by 75 Squadron
Avro Lincoln  UK 1945 RAF aircraft operated by 75 Squadron
Auster, 6 J/5 and 1 Mk 7c 7  UK 1947-1970
In 2007, this Strikemaster was still wearing the colours of No. 14 Squadron RNZAF.

B[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
BA Swallow 1  UK 1939-1941
BAC Strikemaster Mk 88 16  UK 1972-1992
Beechcraft 17 1  US 1939-1946
Beechcraft Super King Air B200 5  US 1998- Current
Beechcraft T-6 Texan 11  US 2014- Current
Bell 47 Sioux 13  US 1965-
Bell Iroquois UH1D, UH-1H 17  US 1966- Plus an unknown number of aircraft leased for UN work in the Sinai. One UH-1H was donated for display at the Wigram museum, and never saw service, the UH-1Ds were converted to UH-1H standard.
Blackburn Baffin 29  UK 1937-1941
Bleriot XI-2 2  France 1913-1915 A replica is displayed in the Wigram Museum
Boeing 727 3  US 1981-2003
Boeing 757 2  US 2003- Current
Brewster Buffalo 23  US 1941-1942 Operated by 488(NZ) Squadron
Bristol Beaufighter  UK 1942-1945 RAF aircraft operated by 487(NZ) Squadron, 488 and 489 Squadrons
Bristol Beaufort  UK 1941-1942 RAF aircraft operated by 489(NZ) Squadron
Bristol Blenheim  UK 1941-1942 RAF aircraft operated by 489(NZ) Squadron
Bristol F2B Fighter 7  UK 1919-1936
Bristol Freighter 12  UK 1951-1977

C[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
CAC Boomerang  Australia Loaned by RAAF during World War II
CAC Wirraway  Australia Loaned by RAAF during World War II
Cessna 421C Golden Eagle 3  US 1981-1991
Consolidated Catalina 56  US 1943-?1953
Curtiss Kittyhawk P-40E, K, L, M, N 301  US 1942-1948 Total includes four lost on delivery

D[edit]

14 Squadron Vampire on gate duty at Ohakea
Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
de Havilland DH.4 2  UK 1919-1930
de Havilland DH.9 9  UK 1921-1930 On loan to private companies 1921-23
de Havilland DH.50A 1  UK 1927-1931
de Havilland Moth DH.60G, DH.60M 60  UK 1929-1943
de Havilland Puss Moth DH.80A 4  UK 1931-1946
de Havilland Tiger Moth 335  UK 1939-1956
de Havilland Fox Moth 1  UK ?1943-1948
de Havilland Dragon 2  UK 1939-1944
de Havilland Express 3  UK 1939-1943
De Havilland Dragon Rapide 14  UK 1939-1953 Also known as the Dominie
de Havilland Moth Minor 5  UK 1940-1946
de Havilland Mosquito 93  UK 1943-1952 Four were lost during delivery and other were used by 487, 488 and 489(NZ) Squadrons
de Havilland Vampire 63  UK 1951-1972 Also a number of aircraft loaned by RAF to No. 14 Squadron RNZAF in Cyprus
de Havilland Devon 30  UK 1948-1981
de Havilland Venom 48  UK 1955-1958 Aircraft successively loaned to 14 Squadron by RAF - strength of 16 maintained in action during Malayan Emergency
de Havilland Beaver 1  Canada 1956-1960
de Havilland Canada Otter 1  Canada 1960-1963
Douglas DC-6 3  US 1961-1968
Douglas Boston  US ?1942-?1943 RAF aircraft loaned to 487(NZ) Squadron
Douglas Dakota 49  US 1943-1977
Douglas Dauntless SBD-3,SBD-4,SBD-5 69  US 1943-1944 Total includes one lost on delivery
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk 24  US 1969-2001 Two did not enter service

E[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
English Electric Canberra B(I)12, T13 31  UK 1959-1970 Total included 28 RAF aircraft loaned to 75 Squadron in Singapore.


F[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
Fairey III F 3  UK
Fairey Battle Mk I 1  UK Used as an instructional airframe
Fairey Firefly Mk I 1  UK Used as an instrructional airframe
Fairey Gordon 41  UK
Fokker Friendship F27-100 3  Netherlands
Foster Wikner Wicko 1  UK 1939-1942

G[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
General Aircraft Monospar ST-25 1  UK 1939-1941
Gloster Grebe 3  UK 1927-1938 Later used as instructional airframes broken up 1943-44
Gloster Meteor F.3, T.7 3  UK 1945-1957
Grumman Avenger TBF-1 48  US

H[edit]

A 40 Squadron Handley Page Hastings refuelling
Hawker Hurricane night fighters of No. 486 Squadron RNZAF.
Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
Handley Page Hampden  UK 1941-1943 RAF aircraft used by 487(NZ) Squadron
Handley Page Hastings C.3 4  UK
Hawker Siddeley Andover C.1 10  UK 1976-1998
Hawker Hind 78  UK 1940-1943 Only 63 actually received, 15 lost at sea due to enemy action in 1940
Hawker Hurricane 4+  UK 1941-1943 Additional aircraft operated by 486 and 488 Squadrons; Apparently 75 Squadron also received at least one Hurricane as a hack - a pilot was posted as missing presumed killed while flying it.
Hawker Tempest  UK 1944-1945 RAF aircraft operated by 486(NZ) Squadron
Hawker Tomtit 4  UK
Hawker Typhoon  UK 1942-1944 RAF aircraft operated by 486 Squadron

K[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
Kaman Seasprite SH-2F, SH-2G 25  US Current, 4 F, 15 G & 6 purchased for use as instructional airframes only

L[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
Lockheed Hercules 5  US Current
Lockheed Hudson 94  US
Lockheed Lodestar 9  US
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon 4  US See also Ventura
Lockheed Orion 6  US Current
Lockheed Ventura 139  US See also Harpoon

M[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
McDonnell Douglas A-4k 24  US 1970 - 2001
Messerschmitt 109 E4 1  Nazi Germany 1940-1944 Captured in Europe, sent to NZ for fund raising purposes
Miles Aerovan 4  UK
Miles Hawk 4  UK
Miles Magister 2  UK
Miles Whitney Straight 3  UK
Mitsubishi Ki-46 1  Japan Captured
Mitsubishi Zero A6M3 3  Japan Captured, one flown)
Mitsubishi MU-2 3  Japan 2009- Used as instructional airframes

N[edit]

RNZAF Harvard
Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
NH industries NH90 9  France 2012- Deliveries started 2012
Nakajima B5N2 1  Japan Captured aircraft flown in theatre
North American Harvard 202  US
North American Mustang 30

P[edit]

A CT4B at Whenuapai
Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
PAC CT/4 B, E 32  New Zealand 1976- E current
Percival Gull 1  UK
Porterfield 35W 1  US

R[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
Rearwin 9000 Sportster 4  US
Robinson Redwing II 1  UK Used as an instructional airframe

S[edit]

Short Stirling of 75 Squadron
Supermarine Walrus of the RNZAFs seaplane training flight.
Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
Saro Cutty Sark 1  UK 1930-?1937
Short Singapore III 4  UK 1941-1943
Short Stirling  UK 1942-1944 RAF aircraft operated by 75 Squadron
Short Sunderland Mk.3, MR.5 20  UK 1944-1967 Additional aircraft used by 490(NZ) Squadron
Supermarine Seafire XV 1  UK 1945- Used as an instructional airframe
Supermarine Spitfire  UK 1941-1945 RAF aircraft used by 485 Squadron
Supermarine Walrus 10  UK 1936-1945 an additional 11 used by the NZ division of the RN 1936-1945) all RN loan aircraft were either lost on service or returned to RN, RCAF, or RAAF).

V[edit]

Restored RNZAF Corsair
Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
Vickers Vildebeest 39  UK 1935-1944 see also Vincent
Vickers Vincent 62  UK 1939-1944 See also Vildebeest
Vickers Wellington 30  UK 1939-1943 Only 18 were taken on charge before all 30 aircraft and their crews were loaned to the RAF in August 1939, additional RAF aircraft were operated by 75 Squadron
Vought Corsair F4U FG-1D 424  US 1944-1948
485 Sqn Spitfires

W[edit]

Model Variants Number Origin Service period Notes
Waco QDC 1  US 1940-1941
Waco UIC 1  US 1939-1946
Waco UOC 1  US 1939-1946 An additional 2 Waco cabin biplanes with RAF serials were privately purchased by servicemen of the New Zealand Army in the Long Range Desert Group (a special forces type organization) for use behind enemy lines by that organization during the North African campaign, and flown with logo of a white kiwi on black background).
Westland Wasp 18  UK Eight original ordered and an additional 10 former Royal Navy helicopters were acquired in 1989 for spares, one was later rebuilt to flying condition, others were never flown.

Guided Missiles of the RNZAF, RNZN and New Zealand Army[edit]

Sea Cat launcher and GWS-21 director on HMNZS Wellington

Royal New Zealand Air Force[edit]

New Zealand Army[edit]

Royal New Zealand Navy[edit]

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles[edit]

New Zealand Army[edit]

References[edit]

  • Aircraft Of The Royal New Zealand Air Force. By David Duxbury, Ross Ewing and Ross MacPherson, published by Heinemann Publishers (NZ), Auckland 1987, ISBN 0 86863 412 3 .
  • The Oxford Companion To New Zealand Military History. Edited by Ian McGibbon, published by Oxford University Press (NZ), Auckland 2000, ISBN 0 19 558 376 0 .