New Zealand’s final pair of Beechcraft T-6C trainers are on their way to the nation, where they will complete an 11-strong fleet of the type.

Registered as NZ1410 and NZ1411, the aircraft departed the US manufacturer’s Wichita assembly site in Kansas on 27 March at the start of their long-distance delivery. Its first two examples made the journey last August.

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The aircraft (final example pictured on arrival in Birmingham, UK, on 31 March) were ordered for the Royal New Zealand Air Force in January 2014 under a deal worth NZ$154 million ($114 million), which also included ground-based training equipment. Deliveries have been completed ahead of a schedule outlined at the time of the award, which called for all 11 T-6Cs to be delivered by mid-2015.

Operations with the new type are performed by the air force’s Ohakea-based 14 Sqn.