Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Strikemaster Ltd's Strikemasters Off to the USA

A statement from the owner of our two Ardmore based Strikemasters, Brett Nicholls has sadly revealed that both the Strikemasters have been sold to Blue Air Training of Los Vegas, Nevada, USA.  Blue Air Training uses both Jet Provosts and Strikemasters in the Close Air Support role to service contracts with the US military.  Apparently they have eight Strikemasters and a significant inventory of spares, and with our two aircraft, they will have four ex RNZAF aircraft in their fleet.  The significant spares inventory held by Blue Air Training is believed to be one of the reasons for the sale of the two Ardmore Strikemasters.

Here are the two Strikemasters at the NZ Warbirds Armistice Day airshow at Ardmore on 13/11/16.

NZ6862/ZK-NTY (c/n 302), first registered here on 19/9/14 and ex VH-AGI.

and NZ6870/ZK-STR (c/n 310), first registered here on 11/4/11 and ex VH-RBA.

If you want to see their final New Zealand airshow appearance, then head to the Classics of the Sky airshow at Tauranga this coming Saturday 21 January 2017.

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