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McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawk

Fighter Attack

Heinemann’s Hot-Rod!  The McDonnell Douglas Skyhawk is a lightweight, attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps in the early 1950s.  It is one of the most versatile and successful aircraft ever produced with some 2,960 produced.  Several Skyhawks remain in use by civilian and military users 60 years after the type’s first flight.

NZ6209 was one of the original 14 A-4Ks delivered to the RNZAF in 1970 and served with No. 75 & No.2 Squadrons during her service. A total of 24 Skyhawks served in the RNZAF from 1970 – 2001 including 10 A4G Skyhawks purchased from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).  In 1986 the entire Skyhawk fleet was upgraded under Project Kahu, an RNZAF program that gave modern avionics and weapon systems similar to that of an F-16 A/B mid life upgrade.

“09” was retired from service on the 13th of December, 2001, as part of a controversial decision by the then NZ government to retire the entire fast jet fleet without replacement and was given to the NZ Warbirds Association on permanent loan in 2012.

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Pratt & Whitney J-52-P8A, 9,300Ib axial flow turbojet
Length: 12.22m (40ft 3in)
Height: 4.57m (15ft 0in)
Wing Span: 8.38m (26ft 6in)
Maximum Speed: 673mph (1083kmh or 585 knots)
Range: 2000 miles (3220km)
Service Ceiling: 42,250ft (12,880m)
Armament: 2x 20mm (0.79in) Colt Mk.12 canon, 4x AIM-9L Sidewinders, 2x AGM-65 Mavericks, 2x GBU-16 Paveway II



Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Lycoming R-680-17, 225 Hp Radial Engine or
Top Speed: 200 Km/h, 124 MPH, 108 Knots


Siemens-Schuckert D.IV


Country of Origin: German Empire
Engine: Gnome Monosoupape 9 Type N, 160hp rotary piston engine
Top Speed:


Albatros D.Va


Country of Origin: German Empire
Engine: Fairchild Ranger 6-440-C, 200hp straight 6 piston engine
Top Speed:



No filter! A repeat, but worth repeating. Taken just after landing and still hot 🔥 #v12 #supermarinespitfire #adventureflightsnz #nzwarbirdsatardmore #wherewarbirdsfly #ardmoreairport #keepemflying
POSTPONEMENT OF NZ WARBIRDS ON PARADE COMMEMORATING THE ANNIVERSARY PEARL HARBOR - 5TH DECEMBER 2021 Sadly due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 Levels, the size of gatherings, the unknown as yet government restrictions and requirements around event management, we have sadly made the decision to postpone our forthcoming NZ Warbirds on Parade commemoration show on Sunday 5th December 2021. NZ Warbirds Association is a charitable not-for-profit organisation and produces these events to raise money to help keep us operating and our aircraft flying. Cancelling an event at the last minute incurs a large loss of our existing funds having had to pre-pay many suppliers along with the cost of certification and regulatory commitments – so a last minute cancellation or postponement is just not something the association can afford to do. We know this will be as disappointing for you, as it is for us, however we are still planning to hold this event in the new year sometime, so please keep an eye out on our website and social media platforms for updates. The good news is our team are planning smaller scale events like our successful Tarmac Days and Hangar Talks which more easily put together, cost a lot less to produce and can easily be postponed if we need to. Thanks for your support and we can’t wait to safely open our doors again and welcome you in to our hangars. Trish Reynolds General Manager NZ Warbirds Association Inc
Harvard 57 being put through her paces on an adventure flight earlier this year ✈️ #nzmustdo #aviation #gopro #warbirds #adventure #avgeek
BRAND NEW WEBSITE- CHECK US OUT www.nzwarbirds.org.nz #nzwarbirdsatardmore #wherewarbirdsfly #ardmoreairport #warbirds #webdesign #avgeek #taildragger #adventureflightsnz #dosomethingnewnz #aucklandlife #visitauckland #tourismnz #heritage #aviation
Our Ryan STM patiently waiting to get back in the air... #warbirds #flying #taildragger #artdeco #livinghistory #avgeek
GHOST POWER👻👇 John Luff's immaculate de Havilland DH.112 Venom at Classic Fighters Omaka 2019. It is an ex Swiss airframe painted to represent a No.14 Squadron RNZAF machine WE434. Unfortunately this past weekend was meant to be the 2021 edition of the Classic Fighters show but couldn't go ahead this year due to Covid-19. 📸Paul Johnston 📍Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim, NZ #classicfightersomaka #omaka #dehavilland #dh112 #venom #ghost #rr #rollsroyce #avgeek #warbird #aviation #airshow #jet #onlyinnz #newzealand #nz
Did you know our Messenger flies again? Miles M.38 Messenger ZK-CMM was out and about last Sunday being flown by a couple of our members. It has been out of action for a while so it's nice to see the unusual aircraft back in the Ardmore circuit. 🛩️👍 Photo is from a few years ago at one of our open days. The messenger was designed as an AOP, Airborne Observation Post, and was used by General Montgomery as his own personal VIP transport. Photographer: @stu_65 #Avgeek #messenger #miles #m38 #warbird #keepemflying #OnlyAtArdmore #NZWarbirdsAtArdmore #blackburn #cirrus #Aviation #photography
HOLD THAT DATE !!!!👍😀 #airshow #warbird #Avgeek #nzmustdo #nz #Aviation #pearlharbor #showtime
NZWarbirds Yak-52 ZK-XXS rocketing down Runway 03 on the weekend. She is part of our OPS Group and flown by some lucky members. 📸 Photographer: Errol Cavit #warbirds #keepemflying #planespotting #yak #yak52pilot #soviet #aviation #flying
Covid 19: Auckland is at Alert Level 3. NZ Warbirds at Ardmore is temporarily closed to the public. Stay connected to find out when we can reopen.