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Royal Air Force recruiting poster, 1918


Royal Air Force (RAF) recruiting poster, 1918. As the importance of air power increased and the air services of all the major combatants expanded, a total of over 800 New Zealanders seized opportunities to explore the new, exciting and dangerous frontier of wartime aviation. New Zealand had no military air service of its own, so most would-be aviators had to join the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC) or its maritime counterpart, the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). In April 1918, the British government amalgamated these two services into the RAF. Some sixty New Zealanders also served in the Australian Flying Corps (AFC). Collectively, they experienced the full spectrum of aerial warfare as it developed between 1914 and 1918.

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Royal Air Force recruiting poster, 1918, URL:, (Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated