Nice to see an unwrapped A4! Whats the story with this one will she go with the "Fleet" if they ever sell them as a package or are we keeping this one (Put her with the Historic Flight!!)
'57 isn't part of the fleet so won't be going anywhere. I have it on reasonably good authority that it was assembled in ways that would make dismantling it very difficult, in an attempt to ensure it never leaves Ohakea intact. It was constructed from spares in 1999-2000, is a shell with no systems installed, and was never intended to be airworthy, and almost certainly never will be.
That said it can arguably claim to be the last A-4 built!
It is stored at Ohakea but is in very poor condition. It suffered badly from being left to rot outside for many years. The repaint it got prior to the 2015(?) airshow used gloss paint and looks terrible. At this year's 80th Anniversary Airshow at Ohakea the Base Commander decided it was in such a poor state it was kept locked away in a hangar so the public couldn't see it, despite protests from the 75 Sqn Association who wanted it parked out in front of our tent. As one of the originators of the project back in 2001 I am very disappointed at how it has been looked after and that the base couldn't get its act together to clean it up before the 80th anniversary airshow.
Post by skyhawkdon on Mar 18, 2019 12:04:05 GMT 12
A quick update, I am pleased to report that over the past few months NZ6257 has been tidied up by a group of ex Skyhawk people at Ohakea and is now on permanent display on the roundabout outside the Ohakea Officers Mess. The Chief of Air Force officially unveiled it at a ceremony on Friday. It looks really good and I am very pleased that it has finally come out of hiding and is now being openly displayed by the RNZAF as a tribute to all those who flew and worked on Skyhawks (the whole reason it was build in the first place).