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List of aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Royal New Zealand Navy

AircraftEdit

AEdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
Aermacchi MB-339 MB-339CB 18   Italy Two-seat advanced pilot, weapons trainer aircraft 1991-2001 Operated by No. 14 Squadron RNZAF and the Black Falcons aerobatic team.
AESL Airtourer T.6/24 4   New Zealand Two-seat elementary pilot trainer, aircraft 1970-1995 Operated by the Pilot Training Squadron RNZAF. See also CT4
AgustaWestland A109 A109 LUH 6   Italy Light utility helicopter Current, operated by No. 3 Squadron. Ordered in 2007 (one used for spares)
Aichi E13A "Jake" E13A1A 1   Japan Captured enemy aircraft 1945 Captured in Rabaul in 1945, flown in theatre.
Airspeed Consul 6   UK Twin-engine light transport aircraft 1948-1952 Operated by No. 42 Squadron RNZAF. Converted from Oxfords.
Airspeed Oxford Mk I, II 229   UK Multi-engine pilot trainer, crew trainer aircraft 1938-1952 Operated by No. 14 Squadron RNZAF and No. 42 Squadron RNZAF
Avro 504 504K, 12   UK Two-seat pilot trainer biplane 1920-1930 New purchases in 1925, others were Imperial Gift aircraft, loaned to private companies 1920–1923 or 24. Some lost in accidents while on loan.
Avro 626 Perfect 626 4   UK Three-seat advanced pilot trainer, crew trainer biplane 1935–1943
Avro Anson 652A, Mk I, XII 25   UK Twin-engine navigation, radio research, VIP transport aircraft 1942-1952 Two Anson Mk XII aircraft were used by the British High Commission.
Avro Lancaster   UK Four-engine heavy bomber aircraft 1943-1945 RAF aircraft operated by 75 (NZ) Squadron. RAF variants were Lancaster Mk I and Mk III.
Avro Lincoln   UK Four-engine heavy long range bomber aircraft 1945 RAF aircraft operated by 75 (NZ) Squadron. The RAF variant was the Lincoln Mk II.
Auster J/5
Auster T Mk 7C Antarctic
J/5, T Mk 7C 7   UK Three-seat light utility, army observation, forestry patrol, communications aircraft 1947-1969 The Austers were operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF No. 6 Squadron RNZAF and No. 42 Squadron RNZAF. The Auster T Mk.7c was acquired for use in Antarctic.
 
In 2007, this Strikemaster was still wearing the colours of No. 14 Squadron RNZAF.

BEdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
BAC Strikemaster BAC 167, Mk 88 10   UK Two-seat advanced pilot trainer, light attack aircraft 1972-1991 Operated by No. 14 Squadron RNZAF.
Beechcraft 17 C-17L Staggerwing 1   US Single-engine cabin biplane 1939-1946 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1939. Used for communications.
Beechcraft Super King Air King Air 350 5   US Twin-engine multi-engine trainer 1998- Current, operated by No. 42 Squadron RNZAF
Beechcraft T-6 Texan II T-6C 11   US Two-seat pilot trainer aircraft 2014- Current, operated by No. 14 Squadron RNZAF, Central Flying School RNZAF and the Black Falcons aerobatic team.
Bell 47 Sioux 47G-3B-1, 47G-3B-2 13   US Army observation, pilot trainer, light utility helicopter 1965-2010 Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF
Bell Iroquois UH-1D, UH-1H 17   US Utility transport helicopter 1966- 2015 Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF and No. 41 Squadron RNZAF. The UH-1 Iroquois were used for casualty evacuation, search and rescue, supply and troop transport. Plus an unknown number of aircraft leased for UN work in the Sinai. One UH-1H was donated for display at the Wigram museum, and never saw service. The UH-1Ds were converted to UH-1H standard.
Blackburn Baffin 29   UK Two-seat general reconnaissance biplane 1937-1942 Designed as a torpedo bomber, but the torpedo gear was not fitted. The Baffins were operated by No. 1 Squadron RNZAF, No. 2 Squadron RNZAF and No. 3 Squadron RNZAF
Bleriot XI-2 1   France Two-seat general purpose aircraft 1913-1914 New Zealand's first military aircraft. A replica is on display in the Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch.
Boeing 727 727-22QC 3   US Three-engine long range transport aircraft. 1981-2003 Operated by No. 40 Squadron RNZAF. NZ7271 & NZ7272 entered service, while NZ7273 was used as an attrition airframe.
Boeing 757 757-200 2   US Transport aircraft 2003- Current, operated by No. 40 Squadron RNZAF
Brewster Buffalo Buffalo Mk I 23   US Single-seat fighter aircraft 1941-1942 Operated by 488 (NZ) Squadron in the defence of Singapore.
Bristol Beaufighter   UK Twin engine night fighter, torpedo fighter aircraft 1942-1945 RAF aircraft were operated by 488 (NZ) and 489 (NZ) Squadrons. The RAF Variants were the Beaufighter Mk IIF, MK VIF and TF Mk X
Bristol Beaufort   UK Twin engine torpedo bomber, reconnaissance aircraft 1941-1942 RAF aircraft were operated by 489 (NZ) Squadron. The RAF variant was the Beaufort Mk I
Bristol Blenheim   UK Twin-engine long range fighter aircraft 1942 RAF aircraft were operated by 489 (NZ) Squadron. The RAF variant was the Blenheim Mk IVF.
Bristol F2B Fighter F2B fighter 7   UK Two-seat general-purpose, army co-operation biplane 1919-1938 Imperial Gift aircraft
Bristol Freighter Mk 31(NZ)M 12   UK Twin-engine medium-range tactical transport aircraft 1951-1977 The Bristol Freighters were operated by No. 1 Squadron RNZAF, No. 3 Squadron RNZAF and No. 41 Squadron RNZAF
British Aircraft Swallow Swallow II 1   UK Two-seat light aircraft 1939-1940 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1939. See Mount Cook Airline

CEdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
CAC Boomerang   Australia Loaned by RAAF during World War II
CAC Wirraway   Australia Loaned by RAAF during World War II
Cessna 421C Golden Eagle 421C 3   US Twin-engine light passenger, VIP transport aircraft 1981-1990 Operated by No. 42 Squadron RNZAF.
Consolidated Catalina PBY-5, PB2B-1 56   US Twin-engine maritime reconnaissance, air sea rescue flying boat 1943-1953 Used for long-range anti-submarine and maritime reconnaissance patrols. The Catalinas were operated by No. 5 Squadron RNZAF and No. 6 Squadron RNZAF in New Zealand and the South Pacific. RAF aircraft were operated by 490 (NZ) Squadron from 1943 to 1944. The RAF variant was the Catalina Mk IB.
Curtiss Kittyhawk, Warhawk P-40E, P-40K, P-40L, P-40M, P-40N 301   US Single-seat fighter, fighter bomber aircraft 1942-1946 The Kittyhawk and Warhawks were operated by Nos 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 Squadrons in New Zealand and the South Pacific. Total includes four lost on delivery

DEdit

 
14 Squadron Vampire on gate duty at Ohakea
Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
de Havilland DH.4 2   UK Two-seat advanced pilot trainer biplane 1919-1929 Imperial Gift aircraft
de Havilland DH.9 3   UK Two-seat advanced pilot trainer biplane 1923-1929 Imperial Gift aircraft. On loan to private companies 1921–23
de Havilland DH.50A DH.50A 1   UK Five-seat aerial survey, communications, transport biplane 1927-1930 Five-seat communications aircraft
de Havilland Moth DH.60G, DH.60M 28   UK Two elementary pilot trainer, utility biplane. 1929-1943
de Havilland Puss Moth DH.80A 4   UK Three-seat aerial survey, utility aircraft 1931-1936, 1939-1946
de Havilland Tiger Moth DH.82A, Mk II 335   UK
  NZ
Two-seat elementary pilot trainer biplane 1939-1956 The Tiger Moths were operated by No. 1 Squadron RNZAF, No. 2 Squadron RNZAF, No. 3 Squadron RNZAF, No. 4 Squadron RNZAF and No. 42 Squadron RNZAF
de Havilland Fox Moth DH.83 1   UK Four-seat cabin biplane. 1943-1948 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1943. Used for communications.
de Havilland Dragon DH.84 Dragon II 2   UK Twin-engine radio and navigation trainer, transport biplane 1939-1943 Two civilian aircraft were impressed into RNZAF service in 1939. See Union Airways of N.Z. Ltd
de Havilland Express Airliner DH.86 3   UK Four-engine navigation trainer, reconnaissance, transport biplane 1939-1943, 1945-1946 Three civilian aircraft were impressed into RNZAF service. The aircraft were operated by No. 4 Squadron RNZAF and No. 42 Squadron RNZAF. See Union Airways of N.Z. Ltd
De Havilland Dragon Rapide DH.89, DH.89A Dragon Rapide, DH.89B Dominie II 14   UK Twin-engine navigation trainer, reconnaissance, transport biplane 1939-1953 Also known as the Dominie. The aircraft were operated by No. 4 Squadron RNZAF and No. 42 Squadron RNZAF
de Havilland Moth Minor DH.94 5   UK Two-seat trainer, communications aircraft 1940-1946 Five civilian aircraft were Impressed into RNZAF service in 1940.
de Havilland Mosquito FB 6, FB 40, T 3, T 43 89   UK Two-seat twin-engine fighter bomber aircraft. 1943-1955 Four were lost during delivery. The Mosquitos were operated by Nos 14, 75, 487, 488 and 489 (NZ) Squadrons. RAF variants were the Mosquito FB Mk VI fighter bomber, NF Mk XII, NF Mk XIII, NF Mk 30 night fighters and T Mk III trainers.
de Havilland Vampire FB 5, FB 9, FB 52, T 11, T 55 63   UK Single-seat fighter bomber aircraft.
Two-seat advanced pilot trainer, instrument continuation trainer aircraft.
1951-1972 The RNZAF's first operational jet aircraft. The Vampires were operated by No. 14 Squadron RNZAF and No. 75 Squadron RNZAF. Also a number of FB 9 and T 11 aircraft were loaned by the RAF to No. 14 Squadron in Cyprus.
de Havilland Devon / Dove DH.104 30   UK Twin-engine light transport, pilot, navigation and radio trainer aircraft 1948-1981 Operated by No. 42 Squadron RNZAF
de Havilland Venom FB 1 48   UK Single-seat fighter bomber aircraft 1955-1958 The aircraft were loaned to No. 14 Squadron RNZAF by the RAF. The Venoms saw action during the Malayan Emergency.
de Havilland Beaver DHC-2 1   Canada Single engine light transport aircraft 1956-1960 Acquired for use in Antarctic.
de Havilland Canada Otter DHC-3 1   Canada Single-engine light transport aircraft 1960-1963 Acquired for use in Antarctic
Douglas DC-6 DC-6 3   US Four-engine long range transport aircraft 1961-1968 Three ex-TEAL aircraft, operated by No. 40 Squadron RNZAF.
Douglas Boston   US ?1942-?1943 RAF aircraft loaned to 487 (NZ) Squadron
Douglas Dakota C-47, C-47A, C-47B 49   US Twin engine medium range transport, VIP transport, target tug aircraft 1943-1977 The Dakotas were operated by No. 40 Squadron RNZAF, No. 41 Squadron RNZAF and No. 42 Squadron RNZAF. Used as a transport, target tug, paratroop and VIP transport aircraft.
Douglas Dauntless SBD-3, SBD-4, SBD-5 69   US Two-seat dive bomber aircraft 1943-1944 Operated by No. 25 Squadron RNZAF in the South Pacific. Total includes one lost on delivery

EEdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
English Electric Canberra .B2, B(I).12, T.4, T.13 31   UK Twin-engined medium bomber, strike bomber aircraft
Twin-engined type conversion trainer aircraft
1959-1970 The Canberras were operated by No. 14 Squadron RNZAF and No. 75 Squadron RNZAF. Total included 11 RAF B.2 and T.4 aircraft loaned to No. 75 Squadron in Singapore.

FEdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
Fairey III IIIF, Mk IIIM, Mk IIIB 3   UK Two or three-seat bomber, general purpose biplane
Navy co-operation floatplane
1929-1939
Fairey Battle Mk I 1   UK 1941-? Used as an instructional airframe.
Fairey Firefly Mk I 1   UK Used as an instructional airframe
Fairey Gordon Mk I, Mk II 41   UK Two-seat bomber, advanced pilot trainer, target tug biplane 1939-1943
Fokker Friendship F27-120 3   Netherlands Twin-engine navigation, radio and electronic trainer, maritime reconnaissance aircraft. 1980-1992 Three ex-Air New Zealand aircraft. Operated by the Navigation and Air Electronics Training Squadron RNZAF. See Air New Zealand fleet
Foster Wikner Wicko GM.1 1   UK Two-seat light cabin aircraft. 1939-1942 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1939.

GEdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
General Aircraft Monospar ST-25 Jubilee ST-25 1   UK Twin-engine light cabin aircraft 1939-1941 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1939. Used for communications.
Gloster Grebe 3   UK Single-seat fighter biplane
Two-seat advanced trainer biplane
1928-1938 Later used as instructional airframes broken up 1943-44
Gloster Meteor F.III, T.7 3   UK Single-seat jet fighter aircraft.
Two-seat instrument continuation trainer aircraft.
1945-1957 The Meteor F.III was presented to the RNZAF by the RAF in 1945. Two T.7 aircraft were hired from the RAF, operated No. 14 Squadron RNZAF in Cyprus between 1952 and 1955.
Grumman Avenger TBF-1, TBF-1C 48   US Two-seat light bomber, target tug, topdressing aircraft 1943-1959 The Avengers were operated by No 30, 31, 41, 42 Squadrons in New Zealand and the South Pacific. Used for top dressing trials in 1948.

HEdit

 
A 40 Squadron Handley Page Hastings refuelling
 
Hawker Hurricane night fighters of No. 486 Squadron RNZAF.
Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
Handley Page Hampden   UK Twin-engine medium bomber aircraft 1942-1943 RAF aircraft used by 489 (NZ) Squadron. The RAF variant was the Hampden Mk I.
Handley Page Hastings C.3 4   UK Four-engine long range transport aircraft 1952-1965 The RNZAF's first long-range aircraft, operated by No. 40 Squadron RNZAF and No. 41 Squadron RNZAF
Hawker Siddeley Andover C.1 10   UK Twin-engine medium-range tactical transport, VIP transport aircraft 1976-1998 Ten ex-RAF aircraft. Operated by No. 1 Squadron RNZAF, later No. 42 Squadron RNZAF
Hawker Hind Hind, Hind Trainer 78   UK Two-seat army co-operation, advanced pilot trainer biplane 1940-1943 Only 63 actually received, 15 lost at sea due to enemy action in 1940. Operated by No. 22 Squadron RNZAF
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIB   UK Single-seat fighter aircraft 1942 Additional aircraft were operated by 486 and 488 Squadrons; Apparently 75 Squadron also received at least one Hurricane as a hack – a pilot was posted as missing presumed killed while flying it. The RAF variants were the Hurricane Mk I, Mk IIA and Mk IIB.
Hawker Tempest   UK Single-seat fighter, fighter bomber aircraft 1944-1945 RAF aircraft were operated by 486 (NZ) Squadron. The RAF variant was the Tempest Mk V.
Hawker Tomtit 4   UK Two-seat elementary, intermediate pilot trainer biplane 1931-1939
Hawker Typhoon   UK Single-seat fighter bomber, ground attack aircraft 1942-1944 RAF aircraft were operated by 486 (NZ) Squadron. The RAF variant was the Typhoon Mk IB.

KEdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
Kaman Seasprite SH-2F, SH-2G(NZ), SH-2G(I) 25   US Anti-submarine naval helicopter Current, operated by No. 6 Squadron RNZAF. 4 SH-2F, 5 SH-2G(NZ), 10 SH-2G(I) & 6 SH-2F purchased for use as instructional airframes only

LEdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
Lockheed Hercules C-130H, C-130H(NZ) 5   US Four engine medium/long-range, tactical transport aircraft 1965 Current, operated by No. 40 Squadron RNZAF
Lockheed Hudson Mk III, Mk IIIA, Mk V, Mk VI 94   US Twin-engine general reconnaissance bomber, trainer, target tug aircraft. 1941-1948 The Hudsons were operated by Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 40, 41 and 42 Squadrons in New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Lockheed Lodestar C-60A 9   US Twin-engine medium-range transport aircraft. 1943-1949 The Lodestars were operated by No. 40 Squadron RNZAF and No. 41 Squadron RNZAF
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon PV-2 4   US Twin-engine general reconnaissance bomber aircraft. 1945 See also Ventura
Lockheed Orion P-3B, P-3K, P-3K2 6   US Four-engine maritime reconnaissance aircraft. 1966- Current, operated by No. 5 Squadron RNZAF, soon to be replaced by P-8 Poseidons
Lockheed Ventura PV-1 Ventura, B-34 Lexington 139   US Twin-engine general reconnaissance bomber aircraft. 1943-1946 The Aircraft were operated by Nos. 1 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 Squadrons in New Zealand and South Pacific. RAF aircraft were operated by 487 (NZ) Squadron from 1942 to 1943. RAF variants were the Ventura Mk I and II. See also Harpoon

MEdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
McDonnell Douglas Skyhawk A-4G, TA-4G, A-4K, TA-4K 24   US Single-seat jet fighter, ground attack, maritime strike aircraft.
Two-seat conversion trainer aircraft.
1970-2001 The Skyhawks were operated by No. 2 Squadron RNZAF No. 14 Squadron RNZAF and No. 75 Squadron RNZAF. See Project Kahu
Messerschmitt Bf 109 E4 1   Nazi Germany Captured enemy fighter aircraft 1940-1944 Captured in Europe, shipped from the United Kingdom to New Zealand, used for fund raising purposes, display and technical training.
Miles Aerovan 2   UK Twin-engine topdressing, magnetic survey aircraft. 1949-1950 Used for topdressing trails.
Miles Hawk M.2F, M.2H, M.2P Hawk Major 4   UK Two-seat light aircraft 1939-1943 Four civilian aircraft were impressed into RNZAF service in 1939. Used for Training and communications.
Miles Magister, Hawk Trainer M.14A 2   UK Two-seat elementary trainer aircraft 1939-1946 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1939.
Miles Whitney Straight M.11A 3   UK Two-seat light cabin aircraft 1939-1946 Three civilian aircraft were impressed into RNZAF service in 1939.
Mitsubishi Ki-46 "Dinah" Ki-46-II 1   Japan Captured enemy aircraft 1945 Captured in Rabaul in 1945.
Mitsubishi Zero A6M3, A6M5 "Zeke" 3   Japan Captured enemy fighter aircraft. 1945 One was captured in Bougainville Island in 1945. Flown by RNZAF pilots, shipped back to New Zealand.
Mitsubishi MU-2 3   Japan 2009- Used as instructional airframes

NEdit

 
RNZAF Harvard
Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
NHIndustries NH90 8   France Medium utility transport helicopter 2012- Current, operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF. Deliveries started 2012
Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" B5N2 1   Japan Captured enemy aircraft 1945 Captured in Rabaul, flown in theatre in 1945.
North American Harvard Mk II, IIA, IIB, III 202   US Two-seat advanced pilot trainer aircraft 1941-1977 Later used as an elementary training aircraft. The aircraft were operated by Nos 1 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 42 Squadrons, and the Red Checkers aerobatic team.
North American Mustang P-51D (Mustang Mk III) 30   USA Single-seat fighter, fighter bomber aircraft. 1945-1951, 1951-1957 In storage from 1945 to 1951. The Mustangs were operated by No. 1 Squadron RNZAF, No. 2 Squadron RNZAF, No. 3 Squadron RNZAF, No. 4 Squadron RNZAF and No. 42 Squadron RNZAF

PEdit

 
A CT4B at Whenuapai
Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
PAC CT/4 CT/4B, CT/4E 32   New Zealand Two-seat basic pilot trainer, aerobatic aircraft 1976-2014 Bought by the RNZAF as a replacement for the North American Harvard. Operated by the Central Flying School RNZAF, Pilot Training Squadron RNZAF and the Red Checkers aerobatic team.
Percival Gull 1   UK Utility aircraft 1939-1940 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1939.
Percival Vega Gull P.10 Vega Gull 1   UK Three-seat light cabin aircraft 1939-1946 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1939.
Porterfield 35W Model 35W 1   US Two-seat light cabin aircraft 1939-1946 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1939.

REdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
Rearwin 9000 Sportster 9000L KR Sportster, 4   US Two-seat light cabin aircraft 1940, 1942-1946 Four civilian aircraft were impressed into RNZAF service.
Robinson Redwing II 1   UK Used as an instructional airframe.

SEdit

 
Short Stirling of 75 Squadron
 
Supermarine Walrus of the RNZAFs seaplane training flight.
Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
Saro Cutty Sark A-17M 1   UK Twin-engine utility transport, trainer, communications flying boat. 1930-1936
Short Singapore Mk III 4   UK Four-engine maritime reconnaissance flying boat 1941-1943 Operated by No. 5 Squadron RNZAF
Short Stirling   UK Four-engine heavy bomber aircraft 1942-1943 RAF aircraft were operated by 75 (NZ) Squadron. RAF variants were the Stirling Mk I, Mk II and Mk III.
Short Sunderland Mk.3, MR.5 20   UK Four-engine long-range transport Flying boat
Four-engined maritime reconnaissance flying boat
1944-1967 The Sunderlands were operated by No. 5 Squadron RNZAF, No. 6 Squadron RNZAF and 490 (NZ) Squadron. The RAF variant was the Sunderland Mk III.
Supermarine Seafire XV 1   UK 1945- Used as an instructional airframe.
Supermarine Spitfire   UK Single-seat fighter, fighter bomber aircraft. 1941-1945 RAF aircraft were operated by 485 (NZ) Squadron. RAF variants were the Spitfire Mk IA, Mk IIA, Mk VB, Mk VC, Mk IX, LF Mk IX, LF Mk IXC, LF Mk XVI and LF XVIE.
Supermarine Walrus Mk I 11   UK Three-seat reconnaissance spotter amphibian aircraft
Single-engine reconnaissance, pilot trainer amphibian aircraft
1936-1947 The aircraft were embarked on board the light cruisers HMNZS Achilles HMS Gambia and HMNZS Leander. All RN loan aircraft were either lost on service or returned to RN, RCAF, or RAAF.

VEdit

 
Restored RNZAF Corsair
Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
Vickers Vildebeest Mk II, Mk III, Mk IV 39   UK Three-seat general reconnaissance, advanced pilot trainer, target tug biplane. 1935-1944 The Aircraft were operated by Nos 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 Squadrons. See also Vincent
Vickers Vincent 62   UK Three-seat general purpose, bomber, general reconnaissance, advanced pilot trainer, target tug biplane. 1939–1944 The aircraft were operated by Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 42 Squadrons. See also Vildebeest
Vickers Wellington Mk I 30   UK Twin-engine medium bomber aircraft 1939-1942 Only 18 were taken on charge before all 30 aircraft and their crews were loaned to the RAF in August 1939, additional RAF aircraft were operated by 75 (NZ) Squadron. RAF variants were the Wellington Mk I, MK IA, Mk IC and B Mk III.
Vought Corsair F4U-1, F4U-1D, FG-1D 424   US Single-seat fighter, fighter bomber aircraft 1944-1948 The Corsair was operated by Nos 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Squadrons in New Zealand and the South Pacific.
 
485 Sqn Spitfires

WEdit

Model Variants Number Origin Role Service period Notes
Waco QDC 1   US Single-engine light cabin biplane 1940-1941 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1940. See Mount Cook Airline
Waco UIC 1   US Single-engine light cabin biplane 1939-1946 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1939.
Waco UOC 1   US Single-engine light cabin biplane 1939-1946 One civilian aircraft was impressed into RNZAF service in 1939. An additional 2 Waco cabin biplanes with RAF serials were privately purchased by servicemen of the New Zealand Army in the Long Range Desert Group (a special forces type organization) for use behind enemy lines by that organization during the North African campaign, and flown with logo of a white kiwi on black background).
Westland Wasp Wasp HAS 1 18   UK Naval anti-submarine, utility helicopter 1966-1998 Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF in support of the Royal New Zealand Navy. The Wasps were embarked on board the frigates HMNZS Canterbury, HMNZS Southland, HMNZS Waikato, HMNZS Wellington, and the survey ship HMNZS Monowai. Eight original ordered and an additional 10 former Royal Navy helicopters were acquired in 1989 for spares, one was later rebuilt to flying condition, others were never flown.

Guided missiles of the RNZAF, RNZN and New Zealand ArmyEdit

 
Sea Cat launcher and GWS-21 director on HMNZS Wellington

Royal New Zealand Air ForceEdit

Model Variants Origin Role Service period Notes
AIM-9 Sidewinder AIM-9H
AIM-9L
United States Short-range infra-red homing air-to-air missile 1970-2001 Obsolete, no longer in service with the RNZAF. Carried by the A-4G and A-4K Skyhawk aircraft.
AGM-65 Maverick AGM-65B
AGM-65G
AGM-65NZ
United States Air-to-surface missile
Air-to-surface anti-ship missile
1986- Obsolete, on longer in service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, or the Royal New Zealand Navy. Carried by the A-4G and A-4K Skyhawk aircraft, SH-2F Seasprite and SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopters.
AGM-119B Penguin Missile AGM-119 Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 Norway Air-to-surface anti-ship missile 2013-Current Operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the Royal New Zealand Navy. Carried by the Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite.
GBU-16 Paveway II United States Air-to-surface laser guided bomb Obsolete, on longer operated by the RNZAF. Carried by the A-4G and A-4K Skyhawk

New Zealand ArmyEdit

Model Variants Origin Role Service period Notes
FGM-148 Javelin United States Light weight infantry anti-tank missile 1997-current
Mistral France Short-range man-portable surface-to-air missile 1997-current

Royal New Zealand NavyEdit

Model Variants Origin Role Service period Notes
Sea Ceptor Italy and the United Kingdom Surface-to-air missile 2018-current Part of the armament of the Anzac-class frigates.
Ikara GWS-40 Ikara Australia Surface-to-surface anti-submarine missile 1983-1989 Obsolete missile, no longer in service with the Royal New Zealand Navy. The Ikara was fitted to HMNZS Southland. One of the Leander-class frigates.
Sea Cat Seacat GWS-22 United Kingdom Short-range surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile 1960-1990s Obsolete missile, no longer in service with the Royal New Zealand Navy. The Seacats were fitted to the Leander-class frigates, and the modified Rothesay-class frigates.
Sea Sparrow RIM-7P Sea Sparrow United States Maritime surface-to-air missile 1997-2018 Fitted to the Anzac-class frigates. However, soon to be upgraded to Sea Ceptor.

Homing Torpedoes of the Royal New Zealand Air ForceEdit

Model Variants Origin Role Service period Notes
Mark 44 torpedo United States Air-launched anti-submarine homing torpedo 1966- Obsolete, no longer in service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Carried by the P-3K Orion, SH-2F Seasprite and Wasp HAS 1
Mark 46 torpedo United States Air-launched anti-submarine homing torpedo 1972-Current Carried by the P-3K2 Orion and SH-2G Super Seasprite

Homing Torpedoes of the Royal New Zealand NavyEdit

Model Variants Origin Role Service period Notes
Mark 20 Bidder 21-inch torpedo Mark 20(E) Bidder United Kingdom Anti-submarine torpedo Part of the armament of the Rothesay-class frigates
Mark 44 torpedo United States Air-launched anti-submarine torpedo 1983-1989 Obsolete, on longer in service with the Royal New Zealand Navy. The Mark 44 torpedo was carried by the Ikara anti-submarine missile.
Mark 46 torpedo United States Lightweight anti-submarine torpedo Current Currently in service on board the Anzac-class frigates. The Mark 46 torpedo was part of the armament of the Leander-class frigate.

Unmanned aerial vehiclesEdit

New Zealand ArmyEdit

Model Variants Origin Role Service period Notes
KAHU-HAWK New Zealand
AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven United States Loaned by the US for use in Afghanistan

List of Weapons of the Royal New Zealand Air ForceEdit

Free-Fall BombsEdit

  • 500-lb (227-kg) Mark 82 bomb – Carried by the A-4G and A-4K Skyhawk
  • 1000-lb (454-kg) Mark 83 bomb – Carried by the A-4G and A-4K Skyhawk, P-3K Orion

Unguided RocketsEdit

  • 2.75-inch (70-mm) CRV7 air-to-surface rockets – Carried by the MB-339, A-4G and A-4K Skyhawk.
  • Zuni air-to-surface rockets – Carried by the A-4G and A-4K Skyhawk.

Machine GunsEdit

  • 7.62-mm FN MAG-58 machine-gun – Current
  • 7.62-mm M60 machine-gun – Fitted to the UH-1H Iroquois, SH-2F Seasprite and SH-2G Super Seasprite

ReferencesEdit

  • Aircraft Of The Royal New Zealand Air Force. By David Duxbury, Ross Ewing and Ross MacPherson, published by Heinemann Publishers (NZ), Auckland 1987, ISBN 0 86863 412 3.
  • The Oxford Companion To New Zealand Military History. Edited by Ian McGibbon, published by Oxford University Press (NZ), Auckland 2000, ISBN 0 19 558 376 0.