I’m a couple of weeks late in posting this, but private company Draken International earlier this month released a first image showing an ex-Royal New Zealand Air Force Douglas TA-4K Skyhawk flying in the USA in its new colours.
Back from the dead: former RNZAF Skyhawk flies again
By Craig Hoyle on 25 April, 2013 in Uncategorised
“The aircraft will be used by Draken to provide threat simulation, research and development and adversary support to various entities within the US military and defence industry,” the company says. It’s pictured here flying above two of the firm’s Alenia Aermacchi MB-339CBs, which were also acquired from the RNZAF’s former fast jet inventory.
In case you missed it, New Zealand is itself to soon give a home to some unwanted aircraft under a new deal, as reported elsewhere on Flightglobal by Greg Waldron last week. This will see Wellington take delivery of eight Super Seasprite maritime helicopters previously returned to Kaman by Australia, in a new SH-2G(I) configuration, plus two more airframes to be used as spares.
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