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In the Soviet Union, the I-16 was one of the most famous and loved aircraft. It was the first fighter in the world to go into service combining cantilever monoplane wings with retractable landing gear.
Blooded in the Spanish Civil War, the I-16 also saw service with the Chinese as well as becoming the mainstay of the Russian Air Force. Operated by them against the Japanese and in the Winter War against Finland, by 1941 the I-16 was still the most numerous Russian fighter. The German attack on Russian was to be the swan song for this nimble aircraft and many were destroyed on the ground. A total of 7,005 single seat and 1,639 two-seaters were produced.
|ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE HELICOPTER NH90
An advanced medium utility helicopter, able to carry out a wide variety of roles, the NH90 provides the NZDF with a highly capable platform that can be used for frontline military and civil operations. The RNZAF has a fleet of eight NH90s operated by No. 3 Squadron, each able to carry up to 12 fully equipped soldiers, or 9 stretchers and medical staff, or palletised cargo.
|RNZAF HERCULES C130H
Operated by No. 40 Squadron based at Whenuapai, Auckland, this Hercules provides strategic and tactical air transport capability for the RNZAF. With the glass cockpit and communications and navigation equipment the fleet operates around the globe from Afghanistan to the Antarctic.
|RNZAF SSH-2G(I) SEASPRITE
The SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite's eight strong fleet is operated by No. 6 Squadron based at Whenuapai. From there the aircraft are deployed aboard Royal New Zealand Navy vessels to operates as a multi-mission maritime weapon system, designed to fulfil anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, over the horizon targeting, surveillance, troop transport, vertical replenishment, search and rescue and utility missions.