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Royal Naval Air Service


The War in the air

More than 800 New Zealanders served as air or ground crew in the war between 1914 and 1918, the vast majority of them in Europe. A handful saw action in Gallipoli and the Middle East. Read the full article

Page 2 - Early military aviation

Military aviation began with balloons. Powered aircraft were first used for military purposes just before the outbreak of the First World

Page 3 - First World War developments

The remarkable story of how over four years a new and primitive weapon developed into a key element of

Page 5 - Kiwi stories

Find out more about some of New Zealand's First World War

Auckland-born Thomas Culling is considered by some to be New Zealand's first air ace of the First World War, destroying one enemy aircraft and sending down five others before his death in June 1917.