RNZAF Base Woodbourne

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RNZAF Base Woodbourne
Ensign of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.svg
Tempered and Ready
BlenheimAirportMarlboroughNew Zealand.jpg
Summary
Airport type Military/Civilian
Owner New Zealand Defence Force
Operator Ensign of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.svg Royal New Zealand Air Force
Serves Blenheim, New Zealand
Location Blenheim, New Zealand
Occupants
Elevation AMSL 109 ft / 33 m
Coordinates 41°31′06″S 173°52′13″E / 41.51833°S 173.87028°E / -41.51833; 173.87028
Website www.airforce.mil.nz
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06R/24L 4,675 1,425 Asphalt
06L/24R 4,675 1,425 Asphalt
10/28 3,878 1,182 Grass

RNZAF Base Woodbourne is a base of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, located 8 km west of Blenheim.

Woodbourne was established in 1939 as the base for No. 2 Service Flying Training School (No.2 SFTS).[1] Also located nearby during World War II were the ground training camps of the Delta. In 1942-43, No. 16 Squadron RNZAF and No. 18 Squadron RNZAF Squadrons flying Curtiss P-40 Warhawks used the satellite Fairhall field.[2] In 1945 No.2 SFTS was closed and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Central Flying School and some ground training units, including the Officers' School of Instruction were relocated to Woodbourne. In 1949, The Aircraft Repair Depot RNZAF was relocated from Ohakea, and in 1951 the Boy Entrant School was established at Woodbourne.

Today, Woodbourne is the Air Force's only support base and has no operational squadrons based there. It shares its runways with the Blenheim civil airport, Woodbourne Airport.

The Ground Training Wing was created in 1995 from existing units at Woodbourne and those relocated from Wigram and Hobsonville, and is responsible for the training of recruits (General Service Training School), initial officer training (Command Training School), trade training (except aircrew, medical and photography training) and command training.

Also at Woodbourne is the Air Force's only heavy maintenance facility for the repair of aircraft airframes, engines and avionics systems. This squadron was responsible for reconditioning airframes of RNZAF aircraft. Formally the Airframe Reconditioning Squadron RNZAF, the unit was commercialised in 1998 and is now managed by SAFE Air Ltd. In 2015 SAFE Air Ltd was purchased by the Airbus Group and it continues to maintain military aircraft. SAFE Air Ltd is currently finishing the last of the Air Force's C-130 Hercules airframe refurbishments. This will see the most highly houred C-130 Hercules (NZ7002) remain in flying service.

Personnel strength around 800

Units based at Woodbourne[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ See Bryan E. Young, 'Beckoning Skies'
  2. ^ Cambidgeairforce.org, The Marlborough Region

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°31′4.5″S 173°52′12″E / 41.517917°S 173.87000°E / -41.517917; 173.87000