Air Force News is a monthly magazine that strives to inform its readers about our latest news. It covers operations and exercises, takes a look at our modern and high tech assets, and has in-depth interviews with our skilled personnel.

April 2021, Issue 234

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The April issue of Air Force News has hit the shelves. Look at how we're supporting the COVID-19 vaccination effort, read about how we're protecting our Pacific neighbours, look into the work undertaken on Raoul Island and more.

March 2021, Issue 233

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The March issue of Air Force News out now. Meet our first uniformed airman with a Moko Kauae; read about hunting submarines across the ditch, check out our impact in the South Pacific and more.

February 2021, Issue 232

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Disaster has struck with our first Air Force News issue of the year. The issue is dedicated to a scenario of what happens during our immediate response to a tropical cyclone devastating a Pacific Island.

It takes you on a 24-hour journey from the first planning meetings, to the Orion surveillance flight of the island and ending with a Hercules lifting off with a plane-load of immediate disaster aid – and every step in between.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how our Air Force jumps to action to ensure delivery of much needed aid reaches the people who need it most.

December 2020, Issue 231

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The final Air Force News magazine for the year has arrived. Take a break from the end of year madness and take a look at our celebration of the newest Airman of the Year, Leading Aircraftman Dennis Tommy, read about the latest search and rescue success, see what vital deliveries we flew to Tokelau and reminisce over what the Air Force has achieved during this truly unique year.

November 2020, Issue 230

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The penultimate Air Force News for the year has hit the shelves, so grab a brew and take a look. Inside we explore the Survive, Escape, Resist and Evade training for our aircrews, have a chat with passengers on board our Hercules being repatriated to Timor-Leste, check out the new NH90 simulator and congratulate our new helicopter loadmasters. 

October 2020, Issue 229

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Take a look at the Air Force’s support of the operation to protect New Zealand in the biggest military deployment since Timor-Leste, see our Hercules aircraft train for disaster missions, read how our King Air crew was in the right place at the right time for a maritime search and rescue, and celebrate the first crew to graduate on the P-8A Poseidon. 

September 2020, issue 228

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The Air Force News September issue features an innovation celebration as intrepid innovators pitch their ideas to a Dragons’ Den-style panel. Also, check out our Deployable Communications team in the field chatting to Pacific nations, our P-3K2 Orion crews are hard at work patrolling the Pacific and our new firefighters finally feeling the heat. 

August 2020, issue 227

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This month Air Force News takes a break from its normal format to celebrate technology. It delves into the world of high tech, checks out simulated training, takes a peak at the future Air Force, looks to the stars and even showcases a record-breaking jet-powered car.

July 2020, issue 226 

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The July issue of Air Force News has hit the shelves. Spend a day with our Military Police, check out our latest exercise with the Royal New Zealand Navy, find out how many people we have repatriated to Vanuatu and read about the return of maritime surveillance in the Pacific.

June 2020, issue 225 

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The June issue of Air Force News is full of the latest from our bases. No. 3 Squadron’s latest exercise has them ready for the battlefield, Cabinet decides on the C-130J Super Hercules, unsung heroes keep the bases moving during lockdown, and check out our mirror image twins – find out what makes them unique.

May 2020, issue 224 

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The May issue of Air Force News is out and has a special feature on our response to COVID-19. It also covers the aid sent to Vanuatu and Fiji, which suffered devastating damage from Tropical Cyclone Harold. Don’t miss reading about LAC Hayden Cleminson who has donated his time and material to make 3D face shields for first responders. For those on the distribution list, keep an eye on your letterboxes because the printed version is back on track.

April 2020, issue 223 

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The April issue of Air Force News was not printed due to COVID-19 Level 4 restrictions. In this issue we give some good information on COVID-19, shine a light on some of the operations that kick-started the year, and chat with those involved in a real-life SAR during what should have been a training exercise. Please note all activities were completed before New Zealand went into Level 4.

 March 2020, issue 222 

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The March issue of Air Force News has an operational flavour. Read about our personnel on the ground and in the air who were helping with the Australian bush fire disaster, see our helicopter crews help evacuate rest home residents after major flooding, find out how we were deployed after the Whakaari/White Island tragedy, and check out the response to the Measles outbreak in the Pacific. 

February 2020, issue 221 

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This first issue of the year looks a little different from other Air Force News magazines. This issue is dedicated to our personnel and who have told their stories – their extraordinary stories. Some are operational, some are deeply personal, but they all show how our people contribute in their own way to build the best Air Force possible.

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