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Whenuapai Airfield

Whenuapai, just north of the City of Auckland, was conceived as a military airfield. Construction commenced in 1937.

This airfield became the main wartime base for the RNZAF maritime and transport units. Postwar, it served as the Auckland terminal for both international and domestic civil airlines until the International Airport southwest of the city opened in 1965.

Whenuapai is now the home of RNZAF Base Auckland, and aircraft based there include the Lockheed Orion, Boeing 757 and Lockheed Hercules.


Information about the Society . . .

The Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand was founded in 1958. It is run along cooperative lines. There is an elected committee and an Annual General Meeting, as these are required by New Zealand law. The rest of the organisation is fairly casual, and mainly consists of interaction between individual members who freely share their knowledge and resources with others of similar interests.

Many members are involved with a particular project, or special interest, and eventually publish the results of their research in the Society's quarterly journal, THE AERO HISTORIAN, which forms the core of the publications program.

All editorial contributions and correspondence to the editor, Brian Lockstone, at
or 287 Amberley Beach Road, R D 1, Amberley 7481 NZ.

Currently there are two active branches, with the Wellington Branch meeting monthly at 7.30pm on the 2nd Monday at:
62 Knights Road, Lower Hutt
Contact Richard George phone 04-566-1900.

The Tauranga Branch holds meetings monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm at The Boeing Room, Classic Flyers Aviation Museum, 8 Jean Batten Drive, Mt Maunganui
Contact Peter Layne phone 07-571-0028

There is currently no active Branch in Auckland. For any enquires in this region, contact Peter Lewis on 09-410-8738.

The Society is in touch with other similar organisations elsewhere. We swap publications and are linked with many other Aviation/Historical groups locally and overseas and so we can help members with 'offshore' enquiries.

With the accumulated knowledge base of our members and their varied interests, almost any query about New Zealand aviation history can be answered by someone. If your aviation interest is general, or you wish to pursue a particular esoteric facet of aviation history, you can only gain by becoming a member of the Aviation Historical Society and participating in our activities.

Click here to display a membership form that you can print out and post or scan and email!

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updated 5May2016