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Soaring at Wings Over Wairarapa 2023

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Winched to safety by RNZAF NH90 helicopter



NZDF People of the Year Awards 2023

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Registration opens for 2024 Gallipoli services

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Silver Dagger

The Black Falcons, the Royal New Zealand Air Force display team, will kick off their summer display season with an appearance from the T-6C Texan II aircraft at Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival

New Zealand Defence Force on display at Wings over Wairarapa

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NZDF Sportsperson of the Year

Looking beyond the plaque towards the crash site - there is a New Zealand flag on the right.

Dutch village honours Kiwi airmen killed in Second World War

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Training1 Credit ADF


Support to Ukraine

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NZDF contingent to support Solomon Islands during Pacific Games

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RNZAF Poseidon finds suspect fishing boats in vast Pacific Ocean search

Personnel walk through the snow, in uniform, in a line as part of five-day cold weather survival course on Mt Ruapehu. In the background you can see rock formation that have a dusting of snow and snow around them.

Surviving the cold

A red and yellow Westpac Rescue helicopter crashed in dense bush with a person inspecting the helicopter in the foreground. The area of bush around the helicopter has been cut and cleared, ready for recovery.

Helicopter recovers helicopter

Corporal Nicole Smith on stage in front of a large screen ready to powerlift large weights while three spotters are on hand behind her.

Air Force corporal with passion for powerlifting

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RNZAF Band set to take flight in annual Wellington concert

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Methven man awarded Aviator of the Year for intelligence work

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Combined RNZAF, Police and civilian effort brings injured tramper out of Waikato bush



Introducing the C-130J

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Crucial step towards journey to the C-130J

C-130J Hercules simulator

C-130J Hercules simulator takes off


RNZAF Poseidon crew find missing Fijian fishers missing for nine days

AF Leadership Hunt Scott

Top Air Force roles filled

A Chinook helicopter delivers two large bags of chalk to the green hillside in Wiltshire. A gate in the foreground reads 'The Kiwi'.

Kiwis chalk up hillside facelift for historic memorial in UK

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New Air Force Chief begins role

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75 years of Defence First Aid competition

A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules in Antarctica sitting on the ice.

Summer season gets under way for NZDF's Operation Antarctica

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Textbooks wing their way to Fiji


New Military Working Dog facility opens in Ohakea

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PTI training heats up in the Middle East

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RNZAF NH90 crew deliver record number of traps into Ruahine Range

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We are the Royal New Zealand Air Force – Te Tauaarangi o Aotearoa

We provide New Zealand with responsive and effective air power to meet its national interests. We are an agile and adaptive Air Force with the versatility essential for New Zealand Defence Force operations. As such, we are a modern and dynamic part of the Defence Force. We’ve got the right equipment to perform our primary roles: airborne surveillance and reconnaissance, combat, and air mobility.

We are a force of highly trained professionals.

We come from all walks of life and share a strong sense of what it means to be Kiwi - our culture is based on our values Tū Kaha (courage), Tū Tika (commitment), Tū Tira (comradeship) and Tū Maia (integrity). Together, we are Force for New Zealand and are proud to serve Aotearoa and its diverse communities.

We operate a number of different aircraft types used for both training and operations.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter from No.3 Squadron flies overhead Officer Cadets during their graduation parade.

Considering a career in the Air force?

A big part of our work in the Air Force involves assisting communities affected by conflict or natural disasters. The fact that we work to protect and help people is one very good reason why we're so passionate about what we do. It gives our lives real meaning and purpose.

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