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Carey Adamson
Born 5 September 1942(1942-09-05) (age 78)
Place of birth Fairlie, New Zealand
Allegiance New Zealand
Service/branch Royal New Zealand Air Force
Years of service 1961–2001
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Chief of Defence Force
Chief of the Air Staff
No. 40 Squadron RNZAF
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Air Force Cross
Air Marshal Carey William Adamson, CNZM AFC (born 5 September 1942) is a retired senior officer of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He was Chief of the Air Staff from 1995[1] to 1999 and Chief of Defence Force from 1999 to 2001.

Adamson grew up in Fairlie before attending Timaru Boys' High School where he was a boarder. As a teenager Adamson joined the Air Training Corps. He then joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1961 where he served as a pilot flying Austers and Harvards. In 1964 Adamson was assigned to the United States to train on the C130 Hercules.[2]


  1. Lee-Frampton, Nick (24–30 July 1996). "Forward Thrust". Flight International. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  2. "Pilot's painful duty to clip wings of his own fighters". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant General Anthony Birks
Chief of Defence Force
Succeeded by
Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal John Hosie
Chief of the Air Staff
Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Don Hamilton

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