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1973 Strikemasters NZ6365 and NZ6366 in flight
Flying the Strikemaster Mk88 in RNZAF Service: Part 1 the 1970s

In late 1972, after phasing out from service the De Havilland Vampire, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) began to introduce to service the first ten of what eventually became a squadron of sixteen British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) Strikemaster Mk88 dual-seat training aircraft.  The...

Airshow Pilots Gisborne 1969
75 Sqn Vampires at Ex Golden Kiwi 1969

75 Squadron RNZAF - Exercise Golden Kiwi/Cook Bi-Centennial, Gisborne, September/October 1969 ‘Exercise Golden Kiwi’ was the name given to 75 Squadron support to New Zealand’s 200th year commemoration of the landing at Gisborne, New Zealand, by Captain James Cook in 1769. Supporting the ‘Cook Bi-Centennial’ saw the...

Jim & Joanie Barclay in F4D Phantom 66-467
Joanie Barclay’s F4 Phantom ‘Burner Bust’

In early 1981, Joanie Barclay, wife of the then Squadron Leader Jim Barclay, a Royal New Zealand Air Force exchange pilot with the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing (31 TFW) at United States Air Force (USAF) Homestead Air Force Base (HAFB), located near Miami, Florida, was...

The remains of the fuselage centre section and severed main wheels of an RNZAF Hastings CMk3 – either NZ5802, or NZ5803. Some of the cockpit windows are just visible through the cockpit entry door as seen in the middle of the centre-fuselage section. Jim Barclay photo Ohakea July 1969
The Last Battles of Hastings: 1969 and 1971, at RNZAF Base Ohakea

RNZAF Hastings in service - The RNZAF operated four Handley Page (HP) Hastings (serial numbers NZ5801 to 5804) CMk3 four-engined transport aircraft from 1952. These aircraft were flown initially by No. 41 Squadron, but they were transferred to No. 40 Squadron when it reformed on...

75 Sqn Vampires – Hauraki Gulf 13 Apr 70
Flying Vampires with 75 Squadron 1969 – 1970

My introduction to flying in Vampires with 75 Squadron (Sqn) began when I was posted to Ohakea in April 1966 as an 18 year old Secretarial Officer.  At that time 75 Sqn aircrew were located in the north western corner of No 2 Hangar at...

Feature RNZAF Skyhawk Camouflaged Drop Tanks
Skyhawk stories – Drop Tanks and a Flash-fire

A4 painted drop tanks - what some may think is ‘useless’ information – a photo of Skyhawk A4K NZ6208 at Ohakea carrying the first set of drop tanks with camouflage paint applied to the top part of the tank. Since we had had the Skyhawks...

RNZAF A4 Skyhawk
RNZAF Skyhawks – A Short History

RNZAF Skyhawks – A Short History Compiled by Jim Barclay with information supplied by ‘Air Frame’ Fourteen A4K aircraft were ordered from the Douglas Aircraft Company by the RNZAF in 1968 (ten A4K single seaters, being ‘tail numbers’ NZ6201-NZ6210, and four TA4K two seaters NZ6251-NZ6254). The first...

Feature Bristol Freighter NZ5906 Enroute Tengah To Kuantan
Close Formation Bristol Freighter NZ5906

Here are a few photos taken in 1973 that you wouldn’t expect to be taken by a recent 75 Squadron Skyhawk pilot! By late August 1973, I had completed nearly 3 years flying Skyhawks on 75 Skyhawk Squadron (Sqn) at RNZAF Base Ohakea and I was...