Norfolk Island

Territory Profile

Norfolk Island
(Teratri of Norf'k Ailen)

Key Facts

Self Governing From:
01 January 1979
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
Population Size Ranking:

The Territory


Norfolk Island is a small island in the south Pacific Ocean, mid-way between New Caledonia and New Zealand. Also included in the territory are two smaller islands, Philip Island to the south, and Nepean Island, just off the coast of Norfolk Island.

The islands are of volcanic origin, with steep cliff coastlines, but the inland areas are largely rolling plains which are good for agriculture. The total land area is 34.6 sq km (13.3 sq miles).

The population of 2,300 (2011 figure) is 57% European (from Australia & New Zealand)and 43% Norfolk Islander (mixed European and Tahitian). Some 62% of the population is Christian, with most of the rest unspecified or none. The capital city is Kingston on Nofolk Island.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Norfolk Island History

Further National Information

The World of Norfolk Island
Yahoo Norfolk Island Government Information
wikipedia: Norfolk Island
wikipedia: History of Norfolk Island


Text to be added on the development of aviation on Norfolk Island.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Civil aircraft on Norfolk Island are registered on the Australian civil aircraft register, with the prefix VH-. This prefix is still in use.

CASA Search – CASA Aircraft Register

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

The defence of Norfolk Island is the responsibility of Australia.
Current military air arms-
There are no current military air arms on Norfolk Island.

Historical military air arms-
The following air arms conducted operations during WW2:

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – No VIP aircraft known.

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – No EMS/Rescue helicopter service.
Police Aviation (Australian Federal Police) – no aviation unit

Commercial Aviation

Norfolk Air [2006-2012]

wikipedia: Airlines of Norfolk Island

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None known.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Norfolk Island Airport

Military Air Bases & Airfields

The Royal New Zealand Air Force built and operated an air base on the island, 1942-1946, which later became Norfolk Island Airport. The Allies used the airfield as a patrol and transport base, and also as a refuelling stopover between New Zealand and the Solomon Islands.

On Show

Aviation Museums

No preserved aircraft known.

Airshow Dates

None known.

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

Norfolk Island Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Norfolk Island Airfield During WW2
70th Anniversary of Norfolk Island Airstrip
A Lasting Legacy: WWII & Norfolk Island

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