Royal New Zealand Air Force

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Royal New Zealand Air Force
English Title:
Royal New Zealand Air Force
First Established:
ICAO Code:
New Zealand


Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

Air Force Timeline

Current Status

The RNZAF is currently taking delivery of new helicopters to replace its ageing training and utility fleet.

Future Plans

No plans known.


National Insignia


Aircraft Serial Numbers

Serial numbers consist of the prefix NZ and a four-digit number, e.g. NZ7571 for a Boeing 757.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system details to be added.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

New Zealand Defence Force Headquarters, Aitken Street, Wellington.

Organisational Structure

The RNZAF currently comprises two Air Wings – one for each main operating base – each controlling a number of Squadrons, plus a Ground Training Wing and a Logistics Command overseeing aircraft maintenance.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main RNZAF operating bases are Auckland and Oakhea. Maintenance work and Ground Training is performed at Woodbourne.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

A considerable number of air bases were built during World War 2, but nearly all of these have closed or been turned over to civil use.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information


Fighting Spirit: 75 Years of the RNZAF (Margaret McClure)
Official History: ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE (Squadron Leader J. M. S. Ross)
Into Wind…the birth of the RNZAF (Brian Lockstone)
Wigram: The Birthplace of Military Aviation in New Zealand (Bee Dawson)
Swift to the Sky: New Zealand’s Military Aviation (Errol Martyn)
World Air Forces Directory 2013/14 (Ian Carroll)


World Air Power Journal Vol.16 Spring 1994


wikipedia: Royal New Zealand Air Force

RNZAF Official Website

Facebook: Royal New Zealand Air Force

The Wings Over New Zealand Aviation Forum

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

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