Air Marshal Carey William Adamson, CNZM, AFC (5 September 1942 – 10 May 2019) was a senior officer of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He was Chief of the Air Staff from 1995 to 1999 and Chief of Defence Force from 1999 to 2001.
|Born||5 September 1942|
Fairlie, New Zealand
|Died||10 May 2019(aged 76)|
|Service/||Royal New Zealand Air Force|
|Years of service||1961–2001|
|Commands held||Chief of Defence Force|
Chief of the Air Staff
No. 40 Squadron RNZAF
|Awards||Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit|
Air Force Cross
Adamson grew up in Fairlie before attending Timaru Boys' High School, where he was a boarder. As a teenager, Adamson joined the Air Training Corps. He then joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1961, where he served as a pilot flying Austers and Harvards. In 1964 Adamson was assigned to the United States to train on the C130 Hercules.
Adamson died on 10 May 2019.
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Lieutenant General Anthony Birks
| Chief of Defence Force
Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson
Air Vice Marshal John Hosie
| Chief of the Air Staff
Air Vice Marshal Don Hamilton
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