The British-made de Havilland Devon was the RNZAF’s primary navigation trainer for nearly 30 years.

The Devon was the military variant of the highly-successful civilian airliner, the de Havilland Dove, which had been developed immediately after World War Two. The RNZAF operated a fleet of 30 Devons between 1952 and 1980, primarily for navigation and signals training at Wigram. A small number were based at Ohakea for use on general transport and VIP duties, and multi-engine conversion training.