The Canberra Controversy

OCTOBER 1959 was a red-letter month for the Royal New Zealand Air Force. On the 28th the first four English Electric Canberra B.12 arrived at RNZAF Station Ohakea to be greeted by the Minister of Defence, Hon P. G. Connolly, DSC and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice-Marshal Malcolm F. Calder. This was a significant development. For the first time since the Second World War the Royal New Zealand Air Force had a current and effective aircraft type.

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