The first Saturday of August saw the arrival of two of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s brand new training aircraft. The announcement that the RNZAF would buy 11 T-6C variants of the Texan II was made on 27 January 2014, by the Minister of Defence, Dr Jonathan Coleman.
The aircraft are destined for the Flying Training Wing at Ohakea Air Base on New Zealand’s North Island, and their delivery flight is anticipated to take several days with multiple stops en route. The routing took them from Keflavik, in Iceland, to the UK.
Image courtesy of Tom Gautier
Both aircraft had additional fuel tanks fitted for the delivery flight, and were wearing US registrations N2824B and N2826B. It is reported that they are to carry on to Ciampino International Airport in Italy. On entry into service the two Texans will be NZ1401 and NZ1402.
The first Wings Course at Ohakea on the T-6C is due to commence in January 2016.
looking closer at the above images reveals a bit of orange peel in the paint finish, plus observed lots of raised rivets.
These are working military aircraft, not display show ponies. Perfectionists like the guys from AvSpecs and Pioneer would shake their heads and walk away, but as long as the structures are within manufacturer's limts then they are good to go in everyday RNZAF service.
Hmmmm.... Actually they are display aircraft on a tour aren't they? Perhaps some fit and finish QC is in order
Last Edit: Aug 5, 2014 22:28:28 GMT 12 by hardyakka
Well at 4:30am this morning I thought one was flying overhead in Tokoroa this morning - definitely not a piston engine. Well it reminded me of them arriving soon in NZ and probably was a Cresco or something due for some work today.
It flew directly over the house at a much lower altitude than any civilian plane and heading in a straight line for the airfield targetting the gap between the two lumpy hills either side of the highway approach from north into Tokoroa. Blue frosty sky, stars were out, the turbo prop engine was quite busy and noisy, unusual busy, sharp prop sound - not the normal Cessna etc 2 bladed prop. I'll have to ask around to see what unusual plane had arrived.