After the First World War hundreds of surplus Royal Air Force planes and related equipment were donated to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and India.
I'm looking for good sources to write an article about this history.
Information about New Zealand and India's shares of the "gift" is particularly hard to find.
All I have so far about NZ is that the initial offer of about 100 aircraft and related equipment and materials was refused, but some time later a smaller offer was accepted: 21 x Avro 504K 9 x Airco/de Haviland DH-9 2 x Bristol F.2b Fighter 2 x Airco/de Haviland DH-4
According to my sources most of these aircraft were initially loaned to various civil operators but by the mid 1920s they (most?) were back in the government's possession which subsequently founded the NZPAF.
This is all the information I have, any help to expand the history would be much appreciated.
Post by errolmartyn on Jun 29, 2012 23:02:05 GMT 12
The story of the Imperial Gift aircraft was well covered many years ago in a series of articles in the Journal of the Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand.
Author: Swift to the Sky – New Zealand’s Military Aviation History Author/publisher: For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 & A Passion For Flight - New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Publisher of Gp Capt C M Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999