On 18 May 1918, the 96th Aero Squadron started air operations from Amanty Aerodrome in the Toul sector, northeastern France, with 10 Bre-14 B2 bombers and an unspecified number of this A2 reconnaissance version. The A2 could also carry four small bombs.
Wearing the colours of the 12th Photosection, 96th Aero Squadron (American Expeditionary Force), the A2 carried a camera and a wireless set for observation and reconnaissance. The Lewis gun was mounted on a Etévé-ring, similar to the British Scarff-ring
Completed in the USA in 1994 as an airworthy replica, powered by a Warner Super Scarab, it has been fitted with a dummy rotary before becoming part of this intriguing World War I diorama at the Aviation Heritage Centre.
Built and first flown in the US as N240TS, ZK-JOB is one of several airworthy Dr.I replicas in New Zealand. This aircraft is in the personal colours of Lt Eberhard Mohnike of Jasta 11 as based at Lechelle aerodrome, France, in March 1918.
Without doubt the most photographed diorama at the Aviation Heritage Centre is this wintery scene showing the conclusion of an aerial battle between the pilot of the German Siemens-Schuckert D.IV and this 40 Squadron, RFC, Nieuport 27 ending up in a tree.
NZ6206, of 75 Squadron at Ohakea, is the only RNZAF Skyhawk to have fired a shot in anger when in 1976, it shot over the bow of an illegally fishing Taiwanese trawler plundering the West Coast's squid populations. NZ6206 is on loan from the RNZAF Museum.
The Air Force Museum of New Zealand commemorates the sacrifices of RNZAF Avenger crews with 'NZ2521' (actually TBF-1 NZ2504). TBF-1C NZ2521 and her crew were lost on 31st May, 1944, during a mission to Japanese-held Talili Bay, Rabaul.
Both airworthy former RNZAF Strikemasters Mk.88 NZ6362 and NZ6370 (ZK-STR) have been sold to Blue Air Training, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the time of this photo, the Strikemasters were overhauled by Pioneer Aero at Ardmore.
Former 41 Squadron, RNZAF, Freighter NZ5911 has been acquired for the new Aerospace Bristol Museum at Filton and is due to be ferried from New Zealand to the UK later in 2017. The partly dismantled Freighter is seen here on a fine winter day in 2014.
One of the stars of Warbirds over Wanaka 2008, Hurricane I P3351 left New Zealand in 2013 and is now residing in France. P3351 was dispatched to France on 1st June, 1940, as an attrition replacement to 73 Squadron, based at Echemines near Rouen.
Captain Clive Franklin Collett, born in Spring Creek near Blenheim was officially credited with 12 victories during WWI of which 4 in B3889 of 70 Squadron. Collett was tragically killed on 23 December 1917 flying a captured Albatros D.V over Scotland.
ZK-PBY of The Catalina Company NZ Ltd., started life as RCAF PBV-1A Canso 11054. 'NZ4017' is wearing the markings of 6 Squadron, RNZAF, as based at Halavo Bay, Forida Island, in late 1944. The original NZ4017 was broken up at Hobsonville in 1952.
Vampire T.35W A79-649 retired from RAAF service in 1970 and was restored at Bankstown, NSW, in 1986. Some T.35s had Mk.33 wing sets fitted following overstress or achievement of fatigue life and were subsequently designated T.35W.
In total the RNZAF operated 11 Vampire trainers: 6 T.55s (NZ5701-NZ5706) with 5 additional T.11s (NZ5707-5711) delivered in 1955/56. In 1997 this former Swiss T.55 (ex U-1225 and ex HB-RVM) came to New Zealand and is based at New Plymouth as 'NZ571'.
This PBY-5A (BuAerNo.48334) had originally been intended as a spares source for ZK-PBY, but is now on display at Tauranga. The hull has been restored with bow and blister turrets put back in position and is finished as a San Diego-based USN Catalina.
The RNZAF received its first two Devons (built as civil Doves) in June and December 1948 for VIP duties with the General Purpose Flight and 42 Squadron at Ohakea. RNZAF Devon remained in service until 1977. NZ1802 became ZK-UFO in October 1977.
In 2013, nine former RNZAF MB-339s saw their way to Florida for defence contractor Draken International Inc at Lakeland-Linder Apt. Other 14 Squadron machines are on display at various locations in New Zealand, as is NZ6469 at Classic Flyers NZ, Tauranga.
NZ1935 was delivered to the RNZAF Central Flying School at Wigram in October 1976. Registered ZK-JMV, the CT4B served briefly with the Massey University School of Aviation at Palmerston North. JMV is currently based at Tauranga Airport.
In May 1978 the RNZAF offered 32 Harvards for tender, with many finding their way to the Australian and New Zealand warbird scene. NZ1057 (RAF EX828, USAAF 41-33801) is retained in her former RNZAF light grey and 'Post Office' red training c/s.
NZ1098 (RAF EZ455, USAAF 42-85229) if the Harvard 98 syndicate is in a scheme similar to that of the 'Red Checkers', the 5-ship demo team of the RNZAF Central Flying School at Wigram, formed in the Harvard's twilight years until their disbandment in 1973.
This replica of Fokker E.III 105/15 is in the colours of an Eindecker operated by the KampfEinsatzKommando at Habsheim aerodrome in March 1916. The later fighter ace Ernst Udet claimed his first of 62 victories in this machine.