RNZAF 75 Squadron

RNZAF Number 75 Squadron

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75 SQN pilots KWF the Skyhawk
Naval Aviator Wings
Sailor playing TAPS
The lose of Flight Lieutenant John Dick. BuNo 157916, NZ-6253, was on a training flight. The TA-4G crashed about 25 miles from Taihape. Flight Lieutenant John Dick was killed.






RNZAF 75 Crest

RNZAF 75 Circa 1987

Patch

First insignia: 3 March 1944, Maori - "For ever and ever be strong", provided by Ralph Johnson.>/li>

The 75 Squadron's badge reflects it's Royal Air Force source.

Third patch from Gary Verver, drawn by Gary Rodgers.

Sister squadron's patches Provided by Ralph Johnson.

Sources

David Weber

Phil Thompson

Rex Barker

Ralph Johnson

Handle

No info yet.

Heritage

OCT 1916: No. 75 Royal Flying Corps. (Home defence of United Kingdom)

JUN 1939: New Zealand Flight formed at Norfolk, England, with outbreak of war NZ offered assets to RAF (Royal Air Force).

APR 1940: RAF No.75 Squadron absorbed into No. 15 Operational Training Unit, and the New Zealand Flight" was re-designated No. 75 (NZ) Squadron.

OCT 1945: No. 75 (NZ) was disbanded, but due to serving with such great distinction during WWII, the RAF permitted the squadron title to be transferred to the RNZAF.

11 OCT 1946: RAF transfers the 75 Squadron name and badge to the RNZAF, and the unit is formed with the assests of the existing New Zealand No. 2 Squadron.

75 Squadron - RAF - RNZAF unit web site

Home Ports

Circa 1946: RNZAF Base Ohakea

Air Wings

RNZAF

Aircraft

Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:

APR 1940 - 1945: Wellington, Stirling, Lancaster Bombers.

Circa 1947: De Havilland Mosquito

1952: De Havilland Vampires

MAY 1958: Electric Canberra

MAY 1970: Douglas A-4K Skyhawk.

MAY 1970: Douglas TA-4K Skyhawk.

Deployments

Deployments to Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the South Pacfic. Typical year was three deployments - Australia and SE Asia.

1992: First deployment to Korat, Thailand.

Commanding Officers

Circa 1968: W.R. Donaldson

Circa 1969: J. Scrimshaw

Circa 2001: Nick "Oz" Osbourne

Awards

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Awards continued

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Events

WWII Era: RVC Johnson of 75 Squadron: "Dear Friends.... today I was given a box of medallions etc. relating to my Father, Ralph Valentine (Val) Clingan Johnson who was a sergeant and later WO in 75 RAF(NZ) squadron. In the box was his gold Caterpillar Club pin. Also an arm patch and pictures of him in his uniform. His sister recently died and my daughter literally put out a bon-fire to retrieve a mass of papers and photos being burnt as the rubbish of an old lady. My ex-wife is visiting me a brought a package enclosing these bits and bobs. I am enclosing various details which might be of interest to your Association. A few Newspaper cuttings. One shows him with his crew after returning from the first raid on Berlin. All the rest of the crew were killed. Another tells of his glee at watching his bombs fall.My Father was a qualified navigator in the merchant navy and transferred to Bomber Command. He was classed as a navigator/ bomb-aimer but in another report (of his escape) he is referred to as co-pilot. It mentions how many sorties he finished.
He was born on Valentine's Day, 1915 and he died in 1961 aged just 46. I have surmised his war experiences did not help his health. He had fabulous handwriting of which he was very proud. I know this will also make some proud in your group.
Best wishes from his son, Ralph Johnson, Mianyang, Sichuan, China.

23/24 AUG 1943: Ralph Valentine (Val) Clingan Johnson, a sergeant, and later WO in 75 RAF(NZ) squadron and his crew after returning from the first raid on Berlin.
Squadron's first bombing of Berlin Newspaper article.
All the rest of the crew were later killed in the war.

Skyhawk Era

1970: Left side view of Royal New Zealand Air Force TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157914, NZ-6251, flying past Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Douglas Photo.

1970 and early: The RNZAF 75 SQN was in the U.S.A. for training as they received their new Skyhawks from the California Douglas factory.

17 MAY 1970: The new Skyhawks were unloaded and towed to RNZAF base Whenuapai, then flown to Ohakea between 21 MAY and 27 MAY, 1970. There they equipped the RNZAF 75 Squadron.

18 OCT 1974: BuNo 157910, NZ-6207, flown by Wing Commander Fred Kinvig crashed. Kinvig ejected from the aircraft but broke a leg on landing.

25 MAR 1981: BuNo 157916, NZ-6253, was on a training flight. The TA-4G crashed about 25 miles from Taihape. Flight Lieutenant John Dick was killed.

1987 - 1990: Extensive upgrading of the Skyhawks, called the "Kahu".

23 JUL 1992: Flight Lieutenant ejected safely from BuNo 157911, NZ-6208, after it's engine flamed out.

19 MAR 2001: BuNo 157904, NZ-6201, struck power lines but was recovered.

20 MAR 2001: BuNo 154912, NZ-6256, crashed into the Indian Ocean aprox. 70 nautical miles west of Perth. Flight Lieutenant Phillip Barnes ejected successfully and was recovered.

SEP 2001: RNZAF Skyhawks continued in active service until phase-out began in 2001. Operations by Number 75 Squadron at Ohakea airfield in New Zealand ceased at the end of September 2001. A final photo of 75 Squadron.

31 JUL 2004: A-4K serial number 6205 (BuNo 157908), the last of the RNZAF Skyhawks, was flown from Ohakea air base to be placed in mothballs at Woodbourne.

Unit Photos

1970 Early: RNZAF Training in NAS Cecil Field, U.S.A. MAY 1970:

1970: BuNo 157906 A-4K NZ6203 touches down at Ohakea for the first time. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson

1970: BuNo 157917 NZ6254 serves as a backdrop for CO 75 Squadron John Scrimshaw and Ohakea Base Commander after arrival of the new Skyhawks. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: BuNo 157917 NZ6254 serves as a backdrop as Sir Richard Bolt takes the salute outside 75 Squadron's hanger. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

MAY 1970: BuNo 157909 NZ6206 at left, unknown TA-4K in the middle and 157904 NZ6201 at right behind the ground equipment. Taken in MAY 1970, the Skyhawks have just arrived in New Zealand. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

JUN 1970: BuNo 157913 NZ6210 behind the first NZ Skyhawk conversion course pilots. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

25 AUG 1970: BuNo 157911 NZ6208 performs the first arrested landing in NZ. Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3. RNZAF Official Photos from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: BuNo 157916 NZ6253 at left as the public inspect the new A-4's at Ohakea. BuNo 157909 NZ6206 at right. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: BuNo 157906 A-4K NZ6203 Public Open Day at Ohakea. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: Unknown TA-4K air strike (aka photo op) on the Palmerston North square clock tower. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: 157917 NZ6254 demonstrating air-to-air refueling over Ohakea with 157906 NZ6203. Left wing is 157905 NZ6202 and right is 157911 NZ6208. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

23 SEP 1970: BuNo 157917 NZ6254 is used for the flight of the first female to fly in an RNZAF Skyhawk. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: 75 squadron flight line at Ohakea. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: L-R A-4K BuNo 157905, NZ6202, A-4K BuNo 157904, NZ6201, A-4K BuNo 157913, NZ6210, A-4K BuNo 157908, NZ6205, and others unknown. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.


1970: The roundel being applied to an A-4K Skyhawk. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Circa 1970: BuNo 157906 A-4K NZ6203 and Bristol B-170 Freighter at Ohakea. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: Pat Leggett in the back seat of a TA-4K.
Pat Leggett in the back seat of a TA-4K. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: TA-4K BuNo 157917 NZ6254 being towed. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: BuNo 157904 A-4K NZ6201 in formation with Vampire NZ5772 and a Canberra flying near Ohakea. Pic 1, Pic 2. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: BuNo 157904 A-4K NZ6201 on a compass swing at Ohakea. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: BuNo 157906 A-4K NZ6203 checking the engine and CSD via intake. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

AUG 1970: BuNo 157904 A-4K NZ6201 undergoing an engine change, Ohakea. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

SEP 1970: BuNo 157908 A-4K NZ6205 at Ohakea. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

SEP 1970: Unknown A-4K armament display. RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk loaded with eight 2.75" 19 tube rocket pods and armament display at RNZAF Ohakea September 1980. In front of the nose gear is a TER with three Mk-82 500 pound bombs and a PMBR with Mk-76 practice bombs. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

15 OCT 1970: BuNo 157905 A-4K NZ6202 and 75 Squadron Standard at Ohakea. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

15 OCT 1970: BuNo 157908 A-4K NZ6205 and parade in 75 Squadron's hanger at Ohakea. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157908, NZ6205, TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157915, NZ6252, and de Havilland DH.115 T.55 Vampires NZ5708, NZ5707 and NZ5710 form the backdrop for a parade at Ohakea, 1970. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: BuNo 157908 A-4K NZ6205 in flight. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: BuNo 157910 A-4K NZ6207 undergoing first major servicing at AMS Shop, Ohakea. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970s: RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, on the ramp as Vampire NZ5709 taxis by. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

Two A4K in camo, BuNo 157906, NZ-6203 and BuNo 157908 NZ-6205. Grant Leersnyder

BuNo 157905, NZ-6202 in original camo paint scheme. Grant Leersnyder

BuNo 157905, NZ-6202. Grant Leersnyder

RNZAF Skyhawk BuNo 157904, NZ-6201, in formation with BuNo 157907, NZ-6204. Unknown Photographer via W. Mutza

Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 157904, NZ-6201. Unknown Photographer via W. Mutza

NOV 1970: Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 157905, NZ-6202, parked on the ramp. R.A. London

DEC 1970: The late Murray Abel in the cockpit of an A-4K. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

DEC 1970: 75 Squadron personnel with 157906 A-4K NZ6203 on the left, unknown in the middle and looks like 157911 NZ6208 at right. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1970: RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157911, NZ6208, on the ramp as Vampire NZ5709 taxis by. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

Date unknown: BuNo 157905 belly to the camera, showing air defense configuration with 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinders. That is BuNo 157908 in formation with him. Probably 75 squadron. Official RNZAF via Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Date unknown: BuNo 157909, NZ-6206, of 75 Squadron over Ruapehu. Colin Rippey

Date unknown: BuNo 157910, NZ-6207 loaded for attack. Colin Rippey.

1971: A-4K BuNo 157905 NZ6202 behind a Vulcan. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

APR 1971: BuNo 157910 NZ6207 major servicing for the first time at the AMS Shop. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157914, NZ6251, tail markings. Photo Don Simms, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157914, NZ6251, cockpit markings. Photo Don Simms, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157914, NZ6251, cockpit markings. Photo Don Simms, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157914, NZ6251, tail markings. Photo Don Simms, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1970: Instrument layout in the back seat of a TA-4K. Pat Leggett.

Date unknown: BuNo 157914 NZ-6251 parked on the ramp. From Gary Verver.

Date unknown: BuNo 154911, NZ6255, parked on the ramp. Copyright by Phillip Treweek.

Date unknown: RNZAF A-4K shows her ordinance load, Sidewinders, Bullpups, and rocket pods. Don Simms, from Gary Verver.

Date unknown: A-4K (possible BuNo 155063, NZ6217) overflying RAN DDG Destroyer during joint maritime exercises. Aircraft is armed with AGM-65G Maverick missile. RNZAF Official Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Date unknown: BuNo 157909 NZ6206 on long range NAVEX. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1971:RN Vulcan nose and RNZAF 75 squadron A-4K Skyhawk line with BuNo 157905, NZ6202 in the foreground. Photo Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

Date unknown; BuNo 157905, NZ-6202 on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

Date unknown; BuNo 157906, NZ-6203 on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

Date unknown; BuNo 157907, NZ-6204 on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

DEC 1971:RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157905, NZ6202, and A-4K BuNo 157912 NZ6209, Tenga Singapore first Skyhawk Vanguard. Photo RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

DEC 1971:RAN A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154906 (885), RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk 157909, NZ6206, & RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157908, NZ6205, in formation. Photo RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1972

JAN 1972: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157913, NZ6210, arming up with Zuni 5 inch rockets at Camp Sanson. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

MAY 1972: Tindal flight line l-r 157911 NZ6208, 157908 NZ6205 & 157909 NZ6206 while deployed to RAAF Tindal, in Northern Australia. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Date unknown: 75 squadron fly over HMS Eagle as she berths in Wellington. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

JAN 1972: Three officers with 157904 NZ6201 in the background while deployed to Singapore. 157905 NZ6202 taxiing at Singapore. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Circa 1972: BuNo 157905 NZ6202 in flight. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Date unknown: BuNo 157906 NZ6203 in the mud at Ohakea.
BuNo 157906 NZ6203 being dug out of the mud at Ohakea by Pete Calder. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

MAY 1972: BuNo 157911 NZ6208 at RAAF Tindal, Northern Australia. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1973

Date unknown: Unidentified TA-4K snags a basket. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1973: BuNo 157906 NZ6203 over Mt Ruapahu's crater lake. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Circa 1973: Front to back: 157912 NZ6209, 157913 NZ6210, 157905 NZ6202 & 157917 NZ6254 in formation. Official RNZAF, Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Date unknown: Front to back: 157914 NZ6251, 157912 NZ6209, 157913 NZ6210, 157905 NZ6202 & 157917 NZ6254 in formation. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1974

Circa 1974: Foggy 75 squadron flight line with 157911 NZ6208 in the foreground. Looks like it is prior to departure for Vanguard in 1974. John Guina via Phil Thompson.

1974: U.S. exchange pilot, Ed Carter, after his first solo flight in a RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk. Pic 1, Pic 2. RNZAF Offical photos from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1974: BuNo 157914, RNZAF NZ6252, over Mount Cook. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1974: BuNo 157904, NZ6204, parked on the flight line with squadron mates, and a De Havilland DH.100 Vampire. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

SEP 1974: Unidentified TA-4K and ground crew. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1974: Unknown pilot and 157911 NZ6208. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1974 - Vanguard 74: Mobile TACAN, Vanguard 1974. RNZAF Official photo via John Guinan.
157911 NZ6208, 157913 NZ6210 & 157908 NZ6205 on the line prior to departure for Vanguard.
Packup
157917 NZ6254 seen through the rear door of the Herc at Vanguard packup.
Unknown Skyhawks on the line as Vanguard packup goes into the Herc.
157904 NZ6201 and 157905 NZ6202 from the window of a P-3 Orion.
157913 NZ6210 & 157912 NZ6209 on the line during Vanguard.
Unknown RNZAF Skyhawk and 75 Squadron Ground crew hard at work during a Vanguard. Note the "Uniform of the Day". John Guinan via Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

18 OCT 1974: BuNo 157910, NZ6207 crashed into a paddock, killing at least one animal, after suffering an engine failure in the Ohakea circuit. Wing Commander Fred Kinvig ejected but broke his leg on landing. Aircraft written off books at Ohakea on 17 March 1976. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1975

1975: BuNo 157909, NZ-6207, Pic2 loaded with the real thing. Official RNZAF.

1975: Mixed RAN and RNZAF formation by Mt Egmont. Top to bottom looks like 154906 RAN 885, unknown RNZAF, 155063 RAN 876 & RNZAF 157904 NZ6201. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1975: 157908 NZ6205 in flight with 154906 RAN 885 during Tasman exercise. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

Circa 1975: Unknown RNZAF Skyhawk with ordnance display. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1975: Unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawks in formation with F-111’s near Ohakea. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1975: Unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawks, Strikemasters & F-111’s in-flight near Ohakea. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1975: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, take-off, Exercise Spanish Dollar, Williamtown. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

Probably with No. 75 Squadron, BuNo 157907 NZ6204, and the nose of BuNo 157912 NZ6209.

1975: Unknown RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk and groundcrew. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1975: RAN A-4G Skyhawk 155051 (870) in formation with an unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk, Mirage & RAAF F-111. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1975: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157908, NZ6205, on the ramp with a Mirage fighters nose in the foreground. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1975: RAN A-4G Skyhawk 155051 (870) in formation with an unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk, Mirage & RAAF F-111. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1975: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawks BuNo 154907, NZ6204, and BuNo 154906, NZ6203, on the ramp on arrival at Williamtown, Exercise Spanish Dollar. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1975: BuNo 157909 NZ6206 loaded with bombs at Ohakea.
RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157912, NZ6209, with empty PMBR's taxiing at Ohakea.
Unknown RNZAF Skyhawks in flight as seen from a F-111 strike camera.
Unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawks in formation with F-111s & Strikemasters.
Unknown RNZAF & RAN Skyhawks from the back seat of a TA-4. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1976

OCT 1976: 157904 NZ6201 at Amberley. RNZAF A-4K 157905 NZ6202 and VMA-223 A-4M 159490 WP-10 (CAPT G.W. Pickett) at Amberley." RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1976: BuNo 157909 NZ6206, pilot and a weather worn Dave Martel at Amberley. From Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1976-81: A-4K 157912 NZ6209 & TA-4K 157914 NZ6251 in flight. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1976-81: BuNo 157907 NZ6204 in-flight with an empty MER on wing station #5. Close-up of BuNo 157907 NZ6204 in flight. BuNo 157907 NZ6204 landing with the chute deployed. Source unknown, from Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1976-81: RNZAF A-4K BuNo 157912 NZ6209, A-4G RAN-876 BuNo 155063 with 75 Squadron personnel. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1976 -1981: In-flight photo of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157908, NZ6205, BuNo 157909, NZ6206, and BuNo 157907, NZ6204, over Mt Egmont circa 1976-1981. Don Simms courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1976-1981: Unknown RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk refueling from a RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk during the plugged barrel roll. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1976-1981: RAN A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154906, 885, and RAN A-4G pilots Leut Andy Sinclair & Leut Jack Mayfield being welcomed to Ohakea. Curtesy of Phil Thompson.

30 MAR 1976: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K BuNo 157904, NZ6201, on the ramp and fully armed during fishing boat incident. Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

30 MAR 1976: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K BuNo 157904, NZ6201, cartoon after the Squid boat incident. "Jet pilot terms the Squid Boat Incident as an excellent example of Navy, Air Force and Fisheries co-operation to stop poaching in NZ waters and hopes the public appreciate it." Eric Heath. Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1976: RNZAF Skyhawk gun bottle (compressed air to load the first round) explosion and fire damage. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1976: BuNo 157915 NZ6252 jugged up (five drop tanks) for a long flight. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1976: USAF F-4 Phantoms tail code ZZ 801 & ZZ 618 and RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawks in the background. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1976: USAF Phantoms ZZ 801 & ZZ 618 in-flight with RNZAF A-4K Skyhawks.The Skyhawk at left could be NZ6210. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

SEP 1976: RNZAF 75 Squadron ground crew with A-4K BuNo 157909, NZ6206, on the ramp in the background at RAAF Butterworth. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

OCT 1976: Unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk & unknown mech up the tailpipe changing AFCS longitudinal servo. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

OCT 1976:75 Squadron at Amberley. Left side bottom to top are 157912 NZ6209, 157907 NZ6204, 157908 NZ6205 & 157909 NZ6206., Right side bottom to top are 157904 NZ6201, 157905 NZ6202 & unknown. The USAF KC-135 Stratotanker in the foreground is s/n 62-3503. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1977

1977: Unknown A-4K and a dressed up dressed up CATM. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

AUG 1977: Williamtown flight line during exercise Arctic Ruler.

1978

1978: Unknown A-4K and weapons display with Ohakea Armourers. Weapons display including 4, 6 and 19 shot rocket pods and Snakeye retarded fin bombs. Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1978: Two unknown A-4K over Waikiki Beach during Rimpac 78. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1978: RNZAF A-4K Skyhawks on the 3 Squadron RAAF flight line revetments at Butterworth, Malaysia. A-4K 157911 NZ6208 taxiing with RAAF 3 Squadron Mirage A3-83 at right during Vanguard 78. A-4K BuNo 157911, NZ6208 parked next to an RAAF 3 SQN Mirage at Butterworth, Malaysia. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1978: A-4K BuNo 157913 NZ6210 in-between 2 unknown A-4K with the APG-53A radars removed. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1978: A-4K 157908 NZ6205 and A-4K 157907 NZ6204 refueling from USMC VMGR-152 KC-130 BuNo 148247 QD-247 prior to Rimpac 78.

MAR 1978: TA-4K 157915 NZ6252 on the flightline next to A-4K 157906 NZ6203 & unknown A-4K. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

Late 1970s: BuNo157914 NZ-6251 and 157911 NZ-157911 in a line-up of 75 Sqn TA-4Ks and A-4Ks in their second style of markings and camo scheme, long before they went to wrap-around and toned-down markings. Rex Barker.

FEB 1978: Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 157912, NZ-6209 on the ramp at Ohakea. Les Marriage.

1980

Royal New Zealand Air Force 75 squadron Skyhawk BuNo 157906, NZ-6203, parked on the ramp. Unknown Photographer via W. Mutza.

1980: A-4K 157911 NZ6208 after the nose gear retracted on start-up. A-4K 157911 NZ6208 after the nose gear retracted on start-up. A-4K 157911 NZ6208 nose repaired by the AMS Team. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Circa 1980s: Four RNZAF A-4Ks in formation and making smoke, the closest is BuNo 157905 NZ-602. Chris Rarere

NOV 1980: Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 157916, NZ-6253, as she taxis by the photographer. R.A. London.

NOV80: RNZAF TA-4K BuNo 157916, NZ6253, Whenuapai. Photo by RA-London courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1981

1981: A-4K 157906 NZ6203 with a P-3C Orion with Harpoon missile (ship killer) in the foreground during Exercise Kangaro 81.

1981: A-4K 157911 NZ6208, chocks away during Exercise Kangaro 81. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1981: 75 Squadron Aerobatic team inverted. L-R: A-4K 157908 NZ6205, TA-4K 157914 NZ6251, A-4K 157911 NZ6208 and A-4K 157905 NZ6202. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1981: A-4K 157909 NZ6206, F-15 & unknown A-4K in flight. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1981: Unknown A-4K escorting USAF B-52 during exercise Kangaro 1981. Unknown A-4K escorting USAF B-52 during exercise Kangaro 1981. Unknown A-4K escorting USAF B-52 during exercise Kangaro 1981. "BUFF" is dropping a mine. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1981: Two unknown in-flight A-4K from the top, photo taken by the camera of a RECON RAAF Canberra. From Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1981: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K BuNo 157908, NZ6205, as pilot Ian Gore taxis from the line, Townsville. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1981: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, on the ramp with Armourer Des Sullivan checking the AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, Townsville. Des Sullivan, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1981: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, on the ramp as pilot Herb Keightly preflights at Townsville. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1981: RNZAF 75 Squadron TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157914, NZ6251, on the hangar deck with Squadron pilots and Harpoon missile. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1981: RNZAF 75 Squadron TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157914, NZ6251, on the hangar deck with Squadron pilots and Harpoon missile. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

Date unknown: RNZAF 2 Squadron TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157914, NZ6251 in-flight, date & location unknown. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

MAR 1981: Instrument panel from RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157916, NZ6253, which was lost along with its pilot on 25 March 1981 when it crashed in the Ruahine ranges about 25 km from Taihape. The aircraft flown by F/L John Dick was on a solo training flight. Remains of RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157916, NZ6253, NZ6253, which was lost along with its pilot on 25 March 1981 when it crashed in the Ruahine ranges about 25 km from Taihape. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1981: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157906, NZ6203, Townsville, with Mirage A3-80 at right. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1982

1982: BuNo 157904, NZ-6201, on the Nowra ramp at sunset. From John Bartels, via Phil Thompson.

1982: A-4K 157906 NZ6203 and Aussie P-3 on final in the background. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1982: A-4K 157909 NZ6206 on the flight line next to TA-4K 157915 NZ6252. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1982: A-4K 157909 NZ6206 and 75 Squadron groundies on deployment. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

75 Squadron flight line, from R-l: TA-4K 157917 NZ6254, TA-4K 157915 NZ6252, A-4K 157912 NZ6209, A-4K 157908 NZ6205. At right is C-130H Hercules NZ7003. Official RNZAF, Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

01 NOV 1982: RNZAF 75th Squadron Skyhawk BuNo 157904, NZ-6201 on the flight line during the air combat training exercise COPE THUNDER 83-1. U.S. Navy photo, TSGT Craft.

01 NOV 1982: RNZAF 75th Squadron Skyhawk BuNo 157906, NZ-6203 on the flight line during the air combat training exercise COPE THUNDER `83-1, Clark Air Base, Luzon. U.S. Navy photo, TSGT Craft.

01 NOV 1982: RNZAF 75th Squadron personnel as they pose in front of Skyhawk BuNo 157909, NZ-6206 during the air combat training exercise COPE THUNDER `83-1. U.S. Navy photo, TSGT Craft.

01 NOV 1982: member of RNZAF 75th Squadron plays his bagpipes in front of Skyhawk BuNo 157909, NZ-6206 during the air combat training exercise COPE THUNDER `83-1. U.S. Navy photo, TSGT Craft

New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 154911, #255. R.A. London.

Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 154908, #214. RNZAF #6215, BuNo 155052, in the background. Unknown Photographer via W. Mutza

1983

1983: A-4K 157906 NZ6203 and 75 Squadron maintainers. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1983: A-4K 157906 NZ6203 75 Squadron and dignitaries at Wanganui Airport. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1983: A-4K 157906 NZ6203 and 75 Squadron armourers with Malaysia Royal Malaysia Air Force ground crew at Butterworth, Malaysia. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1983: A-4K BuNo 157906 NZ6203 and 75 Squadron aerobatic team. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1983: A-4K BuNo 157907 NZ6204 and Kangaroo 83 pilots. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

NOV 1983: A-4K 157905 NZ6202 & A-4K 157904 NZ6201 & RN Harrier 002 at Ohakea. A-4K 157905 NZ6202 & A-4K 157904 NZ6201 at Ohakea. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1983: Pic2 Four unknown A-4K in formation with a P-3 Orion and 727. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1983: Night time photo of an unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk with 5.0 FFAR (ZUNI), AIM-9 Sidewinder and MER with Mk-8x bombs for a recruitment poster. RNZAF Official photo via Phil Thompson.

1984

Circa 1984: NZ6216 former of the RAN, now RNZAF has not yet undergone conversion to a "K".

22 APR 1984: A front underside view of a RNZAF A-4G Skyhawk as it takes off from Royal Australian Air Force Base, Darwin, Australia, during the joint Australia/New Zealand/US Exercise PITCH BLACK 84. Elevated view of the base with F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing parked in the foreground and TA-4K, back row, far right, 157917, NZ6254 of Squadron 75, RNZAF, in the background. The aircraft are being used during the joint Australian, New Zealand and US (ANZUS) Exercise TRIAD 84. Official Photos by MSGT David N. Craft

14 NOV 1984: An A-4 Skyhawk aircraft passes over as a bomb explodes in the impact area during bombing practice.

Circa 1984: A-4K firing two. Photo from Stuart Bain

A-4K with rocket pods empty. Photo from Stuart Bain

A-4K formation. Photo from Stuart Bain

Armed with "smart" weapons. Photo from Stuart Bain

T-Bird over Crow Valley. Photo from Stuart Bain

1984: RNZAF 75 Squadron armourers by a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon with RNZAF A-4K in the background during Cope Thunder 84. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: Unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk with bird strike damage , to the left hand intake. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: Ground crew installing a Minipan camera , on the centerline rack of an unknown RNZAF A-4K. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawks, USAF F-15 and Mirage in formation with USAF KC-135A tanker s/n 56-3594 during TRIAD 84. Christchurch Press Photo, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawks, USAF F-15, F-16 and Mirage in formation with USAF KC-135A tanker s/n 56-3594 during TRIAD 84. Christchurch Press Photo, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawks, USAF F-15, F-16 and Mirage in formation with USAF KC-135A tanker s/n 56-3594 during TRIAD 84. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, in-flight with drop tanks & Zuni launcher. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: A-4K 157912 NZ6209 in-flight with TA-4K 157914 NZ6251. RNZAF offical, via Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

10 SEP 1984: Field Grade Officer J.A. Osborne of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, unpacks his uniform and personal articles from underneath an A-4K Skyhawk aircraft during Exercise COPE THUNDER 84-7.
A maintenance crewman of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, inspects the intake of an A-4K Skyhawk aircraft for foreign objects during Exercise COPE THUNDER 84-7.
Maintenance personnel of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, prepare to start a A-4K Skyhawk aircraft during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7. The are wearing summer uniforms - yes they are uniforms.:)
An A-4K Skyhawk aircraft of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, drops bombs on the Crow Valley Electronic Warfare Tactical Range during Exercise COPE THUNDER 84-7.
An underside view of an A-4K Skyhawk aircraft of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, dropping bombs on the Crow Valley Electronic Warfare Tactical Range. Photos from SSGT D. Perez

1984: Unknown RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk refueling from a USN A-7 Corsair during Cope Thunder 84. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

20 SEP 1984: An F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, A-4K Skyhawk (L-R: unknown, BuNo 157915, NZ6252 and BuNo 157917, NZ6254 aircraft of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, and F-15A Eagle aircraft of the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing are parked on the flight line during Exercise COPE THUNDER 84-7.
A TA-4K Skyhawk (BuNo 157917, NZ6254) aircraft of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, evades simulated anti-aircraft missiles at the Crow Valley Electronic Warfare Tactical Range during Exercise COPE THUNDER 84-7. Official Photos by SSGT D.Perez

Date unknown: A-4K 157908 NZ6205 takeoff at Ohakea. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Date unknown: Unknown A-4K as it tanks up for return home, 75 Sqn at Nowra RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

. 1984: 75 Sqn at Clarke Air Force Base The Philippines, l-r BuNo 157907 NZ6204, BuNo 157906 NZ6203 & BuNo 157904 NZ6201. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

10 SEP 1984: A ground crewman of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, guides an A-4K Skyhawk (BuNo 157904, NZ6201) aircraft into a parking space during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7
A pilot of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, climbs down from the cockpit of an A-4K Skyhawk (BuNo 157904, NZ-6201) aircraft after a mission during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7.
An auxiliary fuel tank is removed from the wing of an A-4K Skyhawk (BuNo 157906, NZ6203) of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, after its arrival for Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7.
TA-4K and A-4K Skyhawk (L-R: 4 unknown, BuNo 157911, NZ6208, unknown and BuNo 157917, NZ6254) aircraft of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, are parked on the flight line during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7. Auxiliary fuel tanks are lined up behind the aircraft.
A maintenance crewman inspects an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7. In the background are A-4K Skyhawk (BuNo 157911, NZ6208) aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and a US Air Force F-15A Eagle aircraft.
An A-4K Skyhawk (BuNo 157913, NZ6210) aircraft of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, taxis on the runway after landing during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7.
A rear view of a TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157917, NZ6254) aircraft of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, as the pilot makes a final check of the landing spoilers prior to takeoff during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7.
A ground crewman directs a TA-4K Skyhawk (BuNo 157917, NZ6254) aircraft of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, to the runway during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7.
Front view of an A-4K Skyhawk (BuNo 157917, NZ6254) aircraft of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, being inspected by a ground crewman during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7.
A-4K Skyhawk aircraft (L-R: BuNo 157913, NZ-6210, BuNo 157912, NZ6209, BuNo 157911, NZ-6208, BuNo 157907, NZ6204 and BuNo 157906, NZ6203) of the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, are serviced on the flight line during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84-7. RNZAF Official photos by SSGT D. Perez via Don Simms vis Phil Thompson.

1984: RAN A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 155052, #871 at Nowra Australia. Photo credit Sean-Strang WO RNZAF via Phil Thompson.

1984: RAN A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 155063, #876 at Nowra Australia. Photo credit Sean-Strang WO RNZAF via Phil Thompson.

1984: RAN A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 155069, #877 at Nowra Australia. Photo credit Sean-Strang WO RNZAF via Phil Thompson.

1984: left front close-up of RNZAF 75 Squadron TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 158917, NZ6254, and unknown pilots during Cope Thunder 84. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

12 JUL 1984: RAN TA-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154911 (880), BuNo 154912 (881), A-4G BuNo 154904 (883) & BuNo 154905 (884) on their delivery flight to New Zealand. Courtesy of Phil Thompson.

12 JUL 1984: RAN TA-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154911 (880), BuNo 154912 (881), A-4G BuNo 154904 (883) & BuNo 154905 (884) on their delivery flight to New Zealand. Photo courtesy of Phil Thompson.

Royal New Zealand Air Force 75 squadron Skyhawk BuNo 154904, #212. R.A. London.

22 April 1984 BuNo.157905 Royal New Zealand Air Force A-4 Skyhawk aircraft in use during the joint Australia/New Zealand/US Exercise PITCH BLACK 84. U.S. Navy photo, MSGT David N. Craft.

22 April 1984 BuNo.157908 A-4K Skyhawk from the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force. The aircraft is being used during PITCH BLACK 84. U.S. Navy photo, MSGT David N. Craft.

JUL 1984: RNZAF Skyhawk BuNo 157904, NZ-6201, as she taxis by the photographer. Unknown Photographer via W. Mutza.

27 AUG 1984: Royal Australian Navy Skyhawk BuNo 155063, #876, parked on the ramp next to RNZAF BuNo 157908, NZ-6205. This former A-4G has recently arrived from NAS Nowra, Australia with a "backwards" "Kiwi" roundel applied in error. R.A. London.

Oct 1984 BuNo 155063, NZ-6217, parked on the flight line. Gary Verver Collection.

1984: RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, on the line as USAF F-16A Fighting Falcon WP-675 taxis by during Triad 84. Don Simms courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: Unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk fly-past over 75 Squadron flightline with A-4K BuNo 157911, NZ6208, in the foreground. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

Royal New Zealand Air Force 75 squadron Skyhawk BuNo 154904, #212. R.A. London.

22 April 1984 BuNo.157905 Royal New Zealand Air Force A-4 Skyhawk aircraft in use during the joint Australia/New Zealand/US Exercise PITCH BLACK 84 at RAAF Darwin. U.S. Navy photo, MSGT David N. Craft.

22 April 1984 BuNo.157908 A-4K Skyhawk from the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force. The aircraft is being used during PITCH BLACK 84. U.S. Navy photo, MSGT David N. Craft.

22 April 1984: BuNo.157908 A-4K Skyhawk from the 75th Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force. The aircraft is being used during PITCH BLACK 84.U.S. Navy photo, MSGT David N. Craft.

JUL 1984: RNZAF Skyhawk BuNo 157904, NZ-6201, as she taxis by the photographer. Dave Steinbacker photographer via W. Mutza

1984: RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, on the line as USAF F-16A Fighting Falcon WP-675 taxis by during Triad 84. Don Simms courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157904, NZ6201, and Royal Navy Sea Harrier 003 on the ramp at Ohakea. RNZAF Official photo via Phil Thompson.

1984: Unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk fly-past over 75 Squadron flightline with A-4K BuNo 157911, NZ6208, in the foreground. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

12 July 1984: RAN A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 155063, 876, with backwards Kiwi and RAN A-4G BuNo 155069, 877, prepare to leave Nowra for Ohakea. RNZAF Official photo via Phil Thompson.

12 July 1984: RAN A-4G Skyhawks BuNo 155052 (871) & BuNo 155063 (876) and A-4G BuNo 155069 (877) arrive at Ohakea, New Zealand. Don Simms courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: Suitably adorned RNZAF 75 Squadron pilots , pose in front of A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157905, NZ6202 in 1984. Don Simms courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1984: RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157908, NZ6205, in flight over Ohakea with Mirage A3-64 & USAF F-16A Fighting Falcon s/n 81-706 (WP-706), 1984. RNZAF Official photo via Phil Thompson.

1984: RNZAF A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 155061, NZ6216, A-4K BuNo 157904, NZ6201 and A-4K BuNo 157905, NZ6202, in-flight with different colour camouflage schemes. RNZAF Official photo via Phil Thompson.

12 July 1984: RAN TA-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154912 (881), A-4G BuNo 155061 (884), A-4G BuNo 155060 (883) and TA-4G BuNo 154911 (880) prepare to leave Nowra for Ohakea. Photo by Pat Leggett courtesy of Phil Thompson.

Oct 1984 BuNo 155063, NZ-6217, parked on the flight line. Gary Verver Collection.

22 OCT 1984: Royal Australian Navy Skyhawk BuNo 155063, #876, parked on the ramp next to RNZAF BuNo 157908, NZ-6205. R.A. London

1985

04 FEB 1985: Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 157909, NZ-6206, unpainted and minus the tail section. R.A. London.

1985: RNZAF A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 155061, NZ6216, bare metal finish taxiing with TA-4K BuNo 157917, NZ6254, Ohakea. Glen Turner Photo, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: RNZAF A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 155061, NZ6216, bare metal finish at Woodbourne5. Glen Turner Photo, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: RNZAF A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 155061, NZ6216, bare metal finish at Woodbourne. Glen Turner Photo, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157905, NZ6202, pre Kahu with AIM-9 Sidewinders on #1 and #5, ZUNI rocket pods on #2 and #4 and a MER with slicks and Snakeyes on the centerline. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

MAR 1985: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157905, NZ6202, in new colour scheme. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157905, NZ6202, in-flight inverted demonstrating the effectiveness of the new camouflage paint scheme. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

02 MAR 1985: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157905, NZ6202, in-flight near Paraparaumu. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

02 MAR 1985: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157905, NZ6202, taxiing at Paraparaumu with the crowd in close proximity. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

02 MAR 1985: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157905, NZ6202, on the ramp at Paraparaumu. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: Unknown A-4K bird strike. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1985: A-4K 157913 NZ6210 off the runway with blown tires. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1985: RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, on the ramp as squadron CO Jim Barclay climbs aboard on the way home from Vanguard 1985. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: A-4K 157913 NZ6210 refueling Townsville during VG85. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

03 JUN 1985: RNZAF Skyhawk BuNo 155069, #6218, (ex RAN 877) after it flipped onto its back while landing in heavy rain at RAAF Townsville during a deployment to northern Australia. RAN Photo

03 JUN 1985: A-4G 155069 NZ618 (not yet upgraded to A-4K) roll-over accident in heavy rain on landing at RAAF Base Townsville during a deployment to northern Australia. Repaired and returned to service 29 MAR 1990. Pic1: Here broken down for shipment back to NZ via C-130. Pic2. Diane Osborne via Phil Thompson.

1985: left side view of RNZAF 75 Squadron Skyhawk flightline., Front to back A-4K BuNo 157908, NZ6205, A-4K BuNo 157907, NZ6204, and five others at Butterworth for Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

03 JUN 1985: RNZAF Skyhawk BuNo 155069, #6218, (ex RAN 877) after it flipped onto its back while landing in heavy rain at RAAF Townsville during a deployment to northern Australia. RAN Photo.

1985: left side nose and cockpit close-up of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157908 , NZ6205, on the line next to A-4K BuNo 157907, NZ6204, at Butterworth for Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: front view of RNZAF Skyhawk ground crew in front of 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157908, NZ6205, unknown TA-4K and TA-4K BuNo 157914, NZ6251, Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: front view of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157909, NZ6202, and Avionics mech L. A. Smith at Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson .

1985: tail pipe close-up of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 154909, NZ6206, showing the tail detail and parachute canister.
Glen Turner, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: left front view of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157911, NZ6208, and reflection at Butterworth for Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: left front view of RNZAF Skyhawk flight line with A-4K BuNo 157911, NZ6208 in the foreground at Butterworth for Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: left front view of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157911, NZ6208, in old colours with a TER and practice bombs on #1 taxiing at Butterworth, Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: left front view of RNZAF 75 Squadron TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157917, NZ6254, taxiing with a TER on #5. Photo Glen Turner, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: close-up of RNZAF A-4 Skyhawk (BuNo unknown) aft fuselage interior with tailpipe removed. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: left rear frontal close-up of RNZAF Skyhawk (BuNo unknown) as the ground crew secures the line at sunset, Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: left frontal close-up of an RNZAF A-4G Skyhawk (BuNo unknown) maintainer down the intake, Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: canopy and pilot close-up of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk as pilot Osborne pre-flight the cockpit at Vanguard 85. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: frontal view of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk (BuNo unknown) with the nose raised. Photo RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: right front view of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawks in the background as the guys play cricket on the flight line during Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: frontal close-up of RNZAF A-4K (BuNo unknown) as the ground crew and huffer prepare to start the engine, Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: left front cockpit close-up of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk (BuNo unknown) as the plane captain assists the pilot as he straps in at Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: left side view of RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk (BuNo unknown) at sunset, Vanguard 85. Photo RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: right front view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4G BuNo 154904, NZ6212, on the line in RAN colours. Photo Glen Turner, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: left side view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154904, NZ6212, in RAN colours on finals at Ohakea. Photo Glen Turner, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: right front view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 155063, NZ6217, in RAN colours at Ohakea. Photo Glen Turner, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: left rear view of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157913, NZ6210, as it taxis by NASA C-130B Hercules N707NA at Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: right frontal view of RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157914, NZ6251, on the ramp after Royal Malaysian Air Force pilot has been for a ride during Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: in-flight left rear view of RNZAF A-4G BuNo 154905, NZ6213, still in old RAN colours firing CRV-7 rockets. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: A-4K NZ6204, A-4K BuNo 157913, NZ6210, unknown A-4K, A-4G BuNo 154905 NZ6213, and four other unknown A-4Ks. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: frontal view of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, and USAF exchange pilot MAJ Davis. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: RNZAF flight line from l-r unknown A-4K, A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154905, NZ6213, in RAN colours and unknown A-4K, Townsville Vanguard 85. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: rear view of RNZAF A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154905, NZ6213, being refueled. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1985: right side in-flight view of RNZAF 75 Squadron TA-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154911, NZ6255, in RAN colours and in the tanker configuration. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986

1986: Vanguard 86 preflight checks; looks like an "all hands" evolution? This may be BuNo 154904 NZ6212. Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1986: 154911 TA-4G NZ6255 still in RAN colors. Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3. Photos from Glen Turner.

1986: RNZAF Skyhawk in the hangar as a maintainer repairs bird strike damage at Vanguard 86.
RNZAF Skyhawk and maintainer connecting a drop tank.
RNZAF pilot & Skyhawk suited up and ready to go.

RNZAF Skyhawk low level across the beach. RNZAF official, via Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1986: RNZAF Skyhawks take-off at Ohakea (the lead is an A-4G).

Date unknown: A-4K tail off checks, Vanguard 86. From Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

19 MAR 1986: New Zealand Air Force 75 Squadron Skyhawk BuNo 154912, #256 at Ohakea. R.A. London.

17 MAR 1986: Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 155052, #215, as she taxis by the photographer at Ohakea. R.A. London.

19 MAR 1986: Royal New Zealand Air Force 75 squadron Skyhawk BuNo 154908, #214 at Ohakea. R.A. London.

Date unknown: BuNo 154908, NZ-6214, parked alone with canopy up. Gary Verver Collection.

19 MAR 1986: New Zealand Air Force 75 Squadron Skyhawk BuNo 154912, #256 at Ohakea. R.A. London.

1986: left side view of the tail section from RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157911, NZ6208, “The Pig” in the hangar at Vanguard 86. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: 1986: right front view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157906, NZ6203, and A-4K BuNo 157909, NZ6206, manned and ready to go at Kuantan for Vanguard 86. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: left rear tail close-up of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157906, NZ6203, as the plane captain conducts his preflight checks, Vanguard-86 Kuantan. Photo RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: left rear view of RNZAF 2 Squadron TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157915, NZ6252, outside the 2 Squadron hangar. Photo Glen Turner, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: left rear view RNZAF 2 Squadron A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154904, NZ6212, natural metal finish in the hangar with the tail off. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: right front view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, on the line with a AIM-9 Sidewinder missile. Photo Glen Turner, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: frontal view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, as the ground crew pushes it into position. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson .

1986: left front view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, as the ground crew pushes it into position. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: left rear view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, as the ground crew installs a drop tank on the port wing. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

17 MAR 1986: Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 155052, #215, as she taxis by the photographer. R.A. London.

19 MAR 1986: Royal New Zealand Air Force 75 squadron Skyhawk BuNo 154908, #214. R.A. London.

19 MAR 1986: New Zealand Air Force 75 Squadron Skyhawk BuNo 154912, #256. R.A. London.

06 APR 1986: left side view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawks BuNo 157905, NZ6202, BuNo 157904, NZ6201, and A-4K BuNo 157908, NZ6205, in formation with a British SST. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1976-1981: RNZAF Frank Sharp & USAF exchange pilot Capt Tim Brady celebrate, unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk in the background. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: close-up view of the angle of attack cover as RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157908, NZ6205, receives a transfusion in the hangar with a cautionary NIL by mouth sign. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: left front nose close-up of RNZAF 2 Squadron TA-4G 154912, NZ6256, in RAN colours in the foreground, unknown A-4K at left and TA-4K Skyhawk 157915, NZ6252, in the background. Photo Glen Turner, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

02 JUN 1986: right front close-up of RNZAF A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 155061, NZ6216, after a 20mm HE round detonated prematurely 3 ft from the end of the cannon barrel damaging the RH side of the nose area with shrapnel punctures. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: frontal view of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157904, NZ6201, arrival back at Ohakea after Vanguard 86. Photo Glen Turner, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: right front view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157906, NZ6203, and A-4K BuNo 157909, NZ6206, manned and ready to go at Kuantan for Vanguard 86. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: left rear tail close-up of RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157906, NZ6203, as the plane captain conducts his preflight checks, Vanguard-86 Kuantan. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

MAR 198x: Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 155063, #217, parked on the ramp next to BuNo 157904, NZ6201. R.A. London.

1986: right front view of RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ6204, on the line with a AIM-9 Sidewinder missile. Photo Glen Turner, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1986: RNZAF A-4K BuNo 157912, NZ6209, parked on the ramp with a load of ten slick and eight high drag iron bombs. Photo courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1987

08 APR 1987: BuNo 154908 NZ6214 and the 18 Skyhawk formation pilots. RNZAF Official from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

APR 1987: New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 154912, #256, all in gold at Ohakea. R.A. London.

1987: BuNo 155069 NZ6218 and Santa. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1987: 75 Squadron Kiwi Red formation from left BuNo 157907 NZ6204, BuNo 157911 NZ6208, BuNo 157905 NZ6202, BuNo 157912 NZ6209 & BuNo 157904 NZ6201. RNZAF Official via Don Simms and Phil Thompson.

1987: RNZAF Skyhawk & Armourer loading 6 shot rocket pod on centre line. From Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1987: RNZAF Skyhawk and first RNZAF female Armourer Tracy McLauchlan loading practice bombs. From Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1987: A-4K dressed up as USA A-4 for movie "The Rescue". Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1987: A-4K(s) firing an AIM-9G Sidewinder missile. Pic 1, Pic 2. From Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1987: RNZAF A-4K BuNo 157913 , NZ6210, live AIM-9G Sidewinder missile courtesy of Phil Thompson.

APR 1987: A-4K Skyhawks, RAF VC-10 s/n ZA147, RAG Tristar ZD951 and unknown, probably Australian, FA-18 Hornets. Pic 1. Pic 2. Pic 3. Pic 4. Photos by Glen Turner, from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

RNZAF 6205 taxi.

1988

1988: Unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk low fly by of her boat. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1988: BuNo 157906 NZ6203 over snow covered peak. Source unknown, Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1988: BuNo 154903 NZ6211 waits outside the hanger during the night shift Vanguard 88 Kuantan. Photo from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

16 JUN 1988: Two photos of unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk after it ...... tried to takeoff with the parking brake on, got up to 80 knots. Note: RNZAF A-4 pilots usually did the 85% manual fuel check with the park brake on. They released brakes to commence T/O roll by flicking park brake switch off and going to MIL power. Incidentally there was a red BRAKE warning light on the glare shield which was on whenever the park brake was on, so he missed that in his T/O roll checks as well (one of the checks is "check all warning lights off"). ......... A lack of currency was a major contributing factor, as was the position of the sun which was directly in ... the pilots eyes.
Both wheels were locked, but only this one burst. The other one must have rotated a bit I think. He had a centre line 400gal drop tank on which would have probably been full (2600lbs). It must have had very slow acceleration which should have been a warning sign. Pic 1 Pic 2 From Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

16JUN88: A-4k Short of runway. A-4k Short of runway damage pic2. A-4k Short of runway damage pic3.

1989

APR 1989: Unknown RNZAF 75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawks behind a FA/18 Hornet at Williamtown. Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

23 SEP 1989: Unknown A-4K dispensing flares at the Airshow 23 September 89. From Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

24 OCT 1989 - Kiwi Red: Flying Officer Graham Carter - BuNo 157913, NZ-6210
The collision between Red 4 (BuNo 157913, NZ6210) and Red 5 (BuNo 154903 NZ6211) during a Kiwi Red practice while doing the roll under break maneuver. NZ6211 was repaired and subsequently loss on 16 Feb 2001. Graham Carter & NZ6210 were lost in the accident.
The Mid-Air: Seconds before the collision between Red 4 (BuNo 157913, NZ6210) and Red 5 (BuNo 154903 NZ6211).
The collision between Red 4 (BuNo 157913, NZ6210) and Red 5 (BuNo 154903 NZ6211) during a Kiwi Red practice while doing the roll under break maneuver.
Crash site (Red 4): This is the crash site, minutes after the a/c struck the ground. Photos from Glen Turner.

24OCT89: This is the crash site crator. RNZAF photos, Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

24OCT89: Remains of BuNo 157913 laid out in the AMS Hangar. Glen Turner. Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3, Pic 4, Pic 5. Photos from Glen Turner, via Don Simms, via Phil Thompson.

RNZAF Official photo of remains of BuNo 157913 laid out in the AMS Hangar. From Don Simms.

OCT89: BuNo 154903 NZ6211 (Red 5) damage: Pic 1 The collision between Red 4 (BuNo 157913, NZ6210) and Red 5 (BuNo 154903 NZ6211) during a Kiwi Red practice while doing the roll under break maneuver. NZ6211 was repaired and subsequently loss on 16 Feb 2001. Graham Carter. Pic 2, Pic 3, Pic 4, Pic 5. Glen Turner Photos, via Don Simms and Phil Thomposn.

1989: RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157908, NZ6205, NZ6205, in flight with a live AGM-65 Maverick missile. RNZAF Official, Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1989: RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawk BuNo 157917, NZ6254, firing a AGM-65 Maverick missile. Photo Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1989: Unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk firing AIM-9 Sidewinder missile. Photo Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

23 SEP 1989: Ian Gore in an unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk making an arrested landing at Ohakea 50th Anniv. Airshow … they sure let the crowd close to the action. Photo Don Simms collection, courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1990

circa 1990: NZAF A-4K Skyhawk with post Kahu Weapons. RNZAF Official photo courtesy of Don Simms.

Unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk pre Kahu LGB Trial, date unknown. RNZAF Official photo courtesy of Don Simms.

Armourers attaching a LAU-5003 2.75" FFAR launcher to a TER on an unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy of Don Simms.

Armourers attaching a Mk-83 to the wing pylon of an unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy of Don Simms.

Armourers attaching BDU-33 practice bombs to a PMBR on an unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy of Don Simms.

Armourers attaching Snakeyes to a MER on an unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy of Don Simms.

Date and location unknown: Armourers attaching a 5" FFAR launcher to a TER on an unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk, date and location unknown but note the jackets. Photo courtesy of Don Simms.

A-4k Skyhawk Sunrise. Sunrise catches a deployed Royal New Zealand Air Force #75 Squadron A-4K Skyhawk on the tarmac at Darwin, Australia. Photograph by Don Simms.

The An A-4K Skyhawk flying over New Zealand or Australia. Photograph by Stew Murphy

An A-4K Skyhawk in flight, flying with a low level warload over New Zealand, on the way to the Rocky Islands to throw a missile or two. Photograph by Stew Murphy.

An A-4K Skyhawk in low level flight over New Zealand. Photograph by Stew Murphy.

High/Low Land Navigation A Skyhawk on a High/Low Navigation exercise over the green New Zealand hills. The Skyhawk is armed with inert Maverick AIM 9L missiles, a centerline "JUG" and live CRV7 rockets. Photograph by Stew Murphy.

High/Low Sea Navigation A Skyhawk low over the ocean on the sea portion of a High/Low Navigation exercise. Photograph by Stew Murphy.

A-4K Skyhawk Underside A Royal New Zealand Air Force A-4K Skyhawk banks away from the photographer over the New Zealand Sea Weapons Range. This Skyhawk is armed with Maverick missiles, CRV7 rockets, AIM-9L missiles and a centerline "JUG" fuel tank. Photograph by Stew Murphy.

Skyhawk CRV-7 Rocket Ripple. A Royal New Zealand Air Force A-4K Skyhawk blasts away with CRV-7 rocket ripple over the Sea Weapons Range north of New Zealand.

A-4K Skyhawk Low Pass. A slicked up Royal New Zealand Air Force A-4K Skyhawk makes a low pass over the New Zealand Weapons Range. Photograph by Stew Murphy.

RNZAF Skyhawk BuNo 157905, NZ-6202, with RNZAF Number 75 Squadron on deployment at Darwin, Australia. Photograph by Don Simms

The BuNo.155064 A-4K Skyhawk 6218 and side number 18 with RNZAF Number 75 Squadron on deployment at Darwin, Australia. Photograph by Don Simms

An A-4K Skyhawk fresh from rework and with RNZAF Number 75 Squadron on deployment at Darwin, Australia. Photograph by Don Simms

RNZAF Skyhawk BuNo 157904, NZ-6201, eats a passing lineman -- actually the crew are changing the generator. Photograph by Don Simms

Darwin Sundown. An A-4K of RNZAF Number 75 Squadron on deployment at Darwin, Australia.
Photograph by Don Simms

Sunset on the Ohakea, New Zealand flightline. A sunset picture of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand flightline, which typically has wonderful sunsets, especially when the volcano to the north of the base (60 - 70 miles) is erupting. Photograph by Stew Murphy

1992: BuNo 154908 NZ6214 RH fwd fuselage bird strike damage. BuNo 154908 NZ6214 bird strike damage RH intake removed. BuNo 154908 NZ6214 bird strike damage RH intake. RNZAF Official, from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

30 APR 1992: head-on in-flight view of Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 157911, NZ-6208 over Ruapahu. RNZAF Photo

RNZAF A-4K BuNo 157912, NZ6209, 75 Squadron Armourers hard at work, Exercise Vanguard 92, Paya Leba Singapore. RNZAF Official courtesy of Phil Thompson.

RNZAF A-4K BuNo 157912, NZ6209, 75 Squadron Maintenance personnel, Exercise Vanguard 92, Paya Leba Singapore. RNZAF Official courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1994

1994: RNZAF A-4K BuNo 157912, NZ6209, busy hanger Paya Leba Singapore. RNZAF Official courtesy of Phil Thompson.

1994: BuNo 154903 NZ6211 75 Sqn Survive to Operate (STO) training at Ohakea. RNZAF Official, from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1995: BuNo 154904 NZ6212, 75 Sqn, Ex Gun Runner at Ohakea. RNZAF Official, from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

FEB 1995: RNZAF A-4G Skyhawk BuNo 154904, NZ6212, loaded with hi-drag bombs and A-4K BuNo 157904, NZ6201, at left with Mavericks, Silver Jubilee, Ohakea, February 1995. Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

1995: BuNo 154908 NZ6214 RNZAF PR photo at Ohakea. RNZAF Official, from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

Prior JUN96: Prior to JUN 1996, BuNo 157906, NZ6203, on the ramp.

1997

28 OCT 1997: Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawk BuNo 157907, NZ-6204, parked on the ramp. R.A. London

1997: BuNo 154903 NZ6211 tipped over at Woodbourne. Gust of wind - perhaps? RNZAF Official, from Don Simms via Phil Thompson.

APR97: BuNo 155061, NZ-6216, in flight with a buddy, BuNo 155063, NZ- 6217. Gary Verver Collection.

1999

Number 75 And Number 2 Squadrons Diamond A combined effort of RNZAF Skyhawk Squadrons 2 and 75 during a 1999 Fleet Concentration Period at Nowra. 75 Squadron deployed nine Skyhawks to Nowra to meet up with 2 Squadron's six Scooters. All fifteen RNZAF Skyhawks fly past in a trim Diamond. Photograph by Don Simms

Deployment Flight Line - Feburary 1999 Fifteen of the RNZAF Number 75 Squadron's nineteen aircraft are shown on the Darwin, Australia tarmac during a major Navy exercise. Number 75 Squadron normally deploys overseas 3 times a year - to Australia and South East Asia. Photograph by Don Simms

Deployment Flight Line - Feburary 1999 RNZAF Number 2 and Number 75 Squadron's Skyahwk aircraft are shown on the Darwin, Australia tarmac during a major Navy exercise. Photograph by Don Simms

1999: BuNo 157915 (52), 154912 (56), 157914 (51), 155052 (15), 155063 (17) are the first five. Shots showing 15 Skyhawks at Nowra (RAN base in Australia that 2 Sqn was based at in 1999. It was a combined 2 and 75 Sqn Fleet Concentration Period (FCP) exercise with the RAN and RNZAF. All 15 jets flew a maritime strike on the day this photo was taken. 100 percent serviceability!
Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3, Pic 4, Pic 5, Pic 6, Pic 7. Don Simms photos and info.

1999: Royal New Zealand Air Force A-4K BuNo 157912, NZ6209 and 75 Squadron Armourers. Courtesy of Phil Thompson.

RNZAF Skyhawk Tanking VC-10 in 1999. This is a picture of a video display unit screen in the VC-10 monitoring the Skyhawk tanking.

RNZAF Skyhawk tanking taken from a window in the RAF VC-10. Don Simms of No. 75 Squadron RNZAF took these pictures from a RAF VC-10 tanker in August 1999 on the way to Royal Malaysian Air Force Base Kuantan.

This Skyhawk RNZAF pilot is in formation with the VC-10, his Skyhawk has been refueled and he's waiting for another buddy coming off the refueling basket. Photographs by Don Simms

2000: A-4k Corroded Frame. New 414 frame installed on an unknown RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk, AMS Ohakea, 2000.

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