::Royal New Zealand Air Force


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The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) (Maori: Te Tauaarangi o Aotearoa,<ref>"New Zealand Warriors of the Sky"</ref> previously Te Hokowhitu o Kahurangi<ref>"War party of the Blue" {{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>) is the air force component of the New Zealand Defence Force. It was formed from New Zealand elements of the British Royal Air Force, becoming an independent force in 1923, although many RNZAF aircrew continued to serve in the Royal Air Force until the end of the 1940s. The RNZAF fought in World War II, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Gulf War plus various United Nations peacekeeping missions. From a 1945 peak of over 1,000 combat aircraft the RNZAF has shrunk to a strength of around 62 aircraft in 2010, focusing on maritime patrol and transport duties in support of the Royal New Zealand Navy and the New Zealand Army. The Air Force is led by an air vice-marshal who holds the appointment of Chief of Air Force.

The RNZAF motto is the same as that of the Royal Air Force, Per ardua ad astra, meaning "Through adversity to the stars."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Royal New Zealand Air Force sections
Intro  History  Current strength  Aircraft  Symbols, flags and emblems  Ranks and uniform  See also  Notes  Bibliography  External links  

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