This camera was used for taking aerial photographs of ships. These were used for intelligence gathering and to monitor shipping channels.
During this period, the Wasp helicopters were operated by Naval Support Flight as part of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s No 3 Squadron. Helicopters are crewed by Naval personnel but maintained by the RNZF. Naval aviation is now the responsibility of No 6. Squadron.
The AgifliteMk.2D is a hand-held aerial camera designed specifically for aerial photography from moving aircraft or helicopter. It would have been used either by the helicopter crewman or a specialist photographer.
Donated by No.6 Squadron.