One of the RNZAF’s core workhorses of the 1980s and 1990s, the Andover was a versatile aircraft which saw service around the world, from VIP transport to peacekeeping operations.

The RNZAF acquired 10 Andovers second-hand from the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1976 to fill the short to medium range tactical transport role. They served with No. 1 and 42 Squadrons at Whenuapai and Ohakea, as well as overseas on peacekeeping operations in the Middle East and Somalia. The aircraft were also used for parachute training and disaster relief, while two were designated as VIP aircraft.