McDonnell Douglas (T)A-4K Skyhawk

NZSerialc/nBu.No.Orig. ModelRAN SerialRANCodeUS ServiceRAN ServiceRNZAF notes
NZ620114084Bu167904AA-4KTo Ohakea May 25, 1970. Incident June 26 1975 at RAAF Williamtown - hydraulic failure left the aircraft almost uncontrollable but pilot managed to land (Capt E.B. Carter USAF - received AFC). Incident Mar 19, 2001 - in two ship formation hit 110kV lines in Buller Gorge between Kikiwa and Inangahua resulting to damage at top of vertical stab and rudder - recovered successfully to Woodbourne
NZ620214085Bu167905AA-4KTo Ohakea May 25, 1970. Last Kahu aircraft completed (June 20 1991)
NZ620314086Bu167906AA-4KTo Ohakea May 25, 1970. First RNZAF aircraft to break sound barrier (F/L T.Bland). crashed Jun 20, 1996 - 5m N Ohakea - lost oil pressure and engine failed as pilot attempted to return from cross country (F/L A. Fraser)
NZ620414087Bu167907AA-4KTo Ohakea May 27, 1970.
NZ620514088Bu167908AA-4KTo Ohakea May 26, 1970. Kahu upgrade prototype
NZ620614089Bu167909AA-4KTo Ohakea May 25, 1970.
NZ620714090Bu167910AA-4KTo Ohakea May 27, 1970. crashed Oct 18, 1974 Ohakea - oil pump failure (W/Cdr F. Kinvig)
NZ620814091Bu167911A-4KTo Ohakea May 27, 1970. made first Œarrested¹ landing at Ohakea Jul 26, 1970 (L/Cdr F. Meyers USN), crashed off Wairarapa coast - engine failure Apr 15, 1992 (F/O S. Armour)
NZ620914092Bu167912A-4KTo Ohakea May 27, 1970.
NZ621014093Bu167913A-4KTo Ohakea May 27, 1970. crashed Oct 24, 1989 Ohakea - after collision with NZ6211 during ŒKiwi Red" practice (F/O G.T. Carter killed)
NZ621113734Bu154903A-4GN13-154903882boc US Jul 31, 1967; 805 Sqn, 724 SqnDelivered Ohakea Jul 20, 1984 (Maj Davis USAF); Incident Oct 24, 1989 Ohakea - damaged in collision with NZ6210 during ŒKiwi Red¹ practice (F/L H.B. Keightley). Returned to service Nov 17, 1990; crashed Nowra - during aerobatic practice for Avalon Airshow Feb 16, 2001 (S/Ldr M.J. Neilson - killed)
NZ621213735Bu154904A-4GN13-154904883boc US Jul 31, 1967; 805 Sqn, 724 SqnDelivered Ohakea Jul 12, 1984 (S/L Bates); Incident Jan 29, 1986 - lost canopy in mid-air.
NZ621313736Bu154905A-4GN13-154905884boc US Jul 31, 1967; 805 SqnDelivered Ohakea Jul 12, 1984 (F/O Wingrove)
NZ621413739Bu154908A-4GN13-154908887boc US Aug 23, 1967; 805 Sqn, 724 Sqn. Incident - wheels up landing at RAAF Amberley after losing wheel during touch and go aboard HMAS Melbourne.Delivered Ohakea Jul 20, 1984 (F/L McKenzie). Incident Jan 10, 1992 off Coromandel Peninsula - birdstrike. Returned to service Dec 1992.
NZ621513824Bu155052A-4FN13-155052871NPR to VA-155 Apr 11, 1968, Aug 26, 1968-May 17, 1969 USS Ranger; to VA-212 Mar 6, 1969, Aug 2, 1969 - Apr 15, 1970 USS Hancock; to NARF Jul 31, 1970 (conv. A-4G)boc May 20, 1971; 805 SqnDelivered Ohakea Jul 26, 1984 (F/L Helliwell)
NZ621613833Bu155061A-4FN13-155061874to VA-155 Apr 29, 1968. Aug 26, 1968-May 17, 1969 USS Ranger; to VA-212 (date?), Aug 2, 1969 - Apr 15, 1970 USS Hancock; to NARF Jul 31, 1970 (conv. A-4G)boc Mar 18, 1971; 805 Sqn, 724 SqnDelivered Ohakea Jul 20, 1984 (F/L Drysdale)
NZ621713835Bu155063A-4FN13-155063876boc NPR 1 Mar, 1968; to VA-55 Aug 26, 1968-May 17, 1969 USS Ranger, Aug 2, 1969 - Apr 15, 1970 USS Hancock; to NARF Aug 17, 1970 (conv. A-4G)boc May 18, 1971; 805 Sqn, 724 SqnDelivered Ohakea Jul 26, 1984 (F/L Rasmussen)
NZ621813841Bu155069A-4FN13-155069877boc NPR Jun 20, 1968; to VA-155 Incident Jul 2, 1969 - wirestrike. Aug 26, 1968-May 17, 1969 USS Ranger ; to VA-125; to VA-44; to VA-127 May 6, 1970; to NARF Aug 5, 1970 (conv. A-4G)boc May 13, 1971; 805 Sqn, 724 SqnDelivered Ohakea Jul 26, 1984 (F/L McKenzie), Incident June 3, 85- while on exercise in Australia, aircraft overturned on landing at RAAF Townsville. Aircraft returned to service 1990.
NZ625114094Bu167914ATA-4KTo Ohakea May 23, 1970. Incident Feb 97 - canopy jettisoned in flight. Returned to service Jul 1997
NZ625214095Bu167915ATA-4KTo Ohakea May 21, 1970. Incident May 30, 01 - blown tyre on takeoff. Completed exercise and made short field arrest at Ohakea - only damage to wheel hub.
NZ625314096Bu167916ATA-4KTo Ohakea May 23, 1970. crashed Ruahine ranges 25m SE Taihape Mar 25, 1981 (F/L J.N. Dick killed)
NZ625414097Bu167917ATA-4KTo Ohakea May 21, 1970. Kahu upgrade prototype - rolled out June 2, 1988, flown Jun 7 (F/L S.Moore) Incident 16 March 94 Ohakea - left runway while landing after declaring emergency - undercarriage collapsed
NZ625513732Bu154911TA-4GN13-154911880boc US Jul 31, 1967; 724 SqnDelivered Ohakea Jul 12, 1984 (F/L I.Walls). 1st production Kahu upgrade. Incident Sep 1989 Ohakea - touched down short of threshold losing starboard main u/c - landed on drop tanks. Returned to service Mar 1990.
NZ625613733Bu154912TA-4GN13-154912881boc US Aug 30, 1967; 724 SqnDelivered Ohakea Jul 12, 1984 (F/L McKenzie); painted 50th anniversary scheme - rolled out Dec 14, 1986; crashed into sea Mar 20, 2001 80nm West of Perth during an exercise (F/L P. Barnes)

Abbreviations: RAN - Royal Australian Navy; NPR - Nav Plant Repo, Long Beach Ca; NARF - Naval Air Rework Facility, Pensacola Fl

Sources (amongst others include):
AHSNZ Journal,
AHSNZ Aerolog,
NZ Wings,
Bentley, Geoffrey & Conly, Maurice. 'Portrait of an air force - the Royal New Zealand Air Force 1937-1987' 1987
Bentley, Geoffrey. 'RNZAF: a short history' 1969
Harrison, Paul 'Armed Combat Force' 2001
Jenks, Cliff 'New Zealand military aircraft and serial numbers' 1980
Wright, Matthew 'Kiwi Air Power' 1998


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