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The Last Ever No. 75 Squadron Vampire Display Team

The First Ever No. 75 Squadron Skyhawk Display Team

The "Red and Gold Nothing Special But Quite Good Aerobatic Team"

The No. 75 Squadron Skyhawk Aerobatic Teams

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1970

197?

1981

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Please Note: Where known, the full name of the airmen appears on their first entry on this page, and if
they appear again subsequently down the page, their name is reduced to the more informal version

 

 


The 1950's No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatic Team
Display Dates Venue Pilots Notes


The 1953 No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatic Display Team__________________Vampire

29th of July 1953
_
_

15th of Sep 1953

Air Display at RNZAF
Station Ohakea of
visit of Prime Minister

Battle of Britain Day

Flt Lt J.E. Woods

 


Source for 75 Sqn 1953 Dispays from the logbook of Flt Lt J.E. Wood via David Watkins


The 1954 No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatic Display Team__________________Vampire

19 Feb 1954
_

3rd of May 1954

1954
_
_

Formation Flypast
(Location Unknown)

Royal Salute

National Aero Club
Pageant , Masterton
(Three Vampires)

Flt Lt J.E. Woods

?

?

 





The 1955 No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatic Display Team__________________Vampire
19th of Feb 1955 Air Force Day 1955

F/O Stuart McIntyre

Flt Lt Michael Gordon Beavis

F/O Alan Dyer

Sgt James "Jim" Shaw

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4


Note:

Stuart McIntyre was a member of this team and he remembers:

"I was in one of the 14 Sqn Teams in Cyprus and when I returned to NZ in 1954, was initially, in the first 75 Sqn team formed by the OC, Sqn Ldr Norm Curtis. He was an RAF exchange officer but as he hadn't done any formation aeros he decided to give me the lead and we performed at Air Force Day at Ohakea on 19 Feb 1955.

Flt Lt Mike Beavis was an RAF exchange officer (he did become an Air Marshal and a knight -perhaps it was recognizing his bravery flying No. 2 to me!)"

Source for 75 Sqn 1955 Team - Photo and caption, Forever Strong , by Norman Franks, (Random Century, 1991), page 169 and By Such Deeds by Colin Hanson (Volplane Press, 2001) pages 170 & 337


 

 

 


The 1958 No. 75 Squadron 'Jetobatics'
Vampire Display Team

Formed in 1958 for the RNZAF's 21st Anniversary Airshow at Ohakea, four Vampires from No. 75 Squadron RNZAF made up this graceful team that thrilled the crowds and captured the imagination of the public. One of the four pilots was Trevor 'TT' Bland MNZM, AFC, well known today as the President of New Zealand Warbirds Inc.

Geoff Bentley wrote in his book RNZAF - A Short History that;
"The remarkable quality of this aerobatic flying was admirably captured in the award-winning film Jetobatics, which was released by the National Film Unit that year. Oddly Enough, Jetobatics - the word was coined by the film-makers and slipped readily into the language - was not programmed at all; it was an after-thought or, more correctly, a by-product of the black-and-white documentary film, The Eventful Years, then being made to mark the RNZAF's first twenty-one years.

The idea of a second film, devoted solely to jet aerobatics, was born one evening at Ohakea when Bob Lapresle, the film director, the late John Hutchinson, the chief cameraman, and the RNZAF's public relations director were working on the flying sequences of The Eventful Years. It was a particularly happy inspiration from the Air Force's point of view because it introduced military aviation at its spectacular best to audiences large and small in every corner of New Zealand. Abroad it won a film award and lead the Royal Rhodesian Air Force to have a similar film made. It was also a monument to John Hutchinson's great skills as a cameraman and his unflagging interest in the air forces which he had served."

Also noted in Bentley's book was the fact that following the display by the Jetobatics team on the 29th of March 1958, The USAF's General Curtis LeMay stated, "That Vampire team of yours put on the finest display of aerobatics I have ever seen in my life."

A small portion of this documentary "Jetobatics" appeared later in the NZNFU film "RNZAF: Fifty Years" in 1987, and a longer sequence appeared in the TVNZ documentary A Shed Will Be Necessary (also 1987). It is stunningly beautiful - a masterpiece of flying and film work, and I find it quite mesmerising to watch.

After the Ohakea airshow, the team toured New Zealand displaying at all the major airports. Does anyone have further details of these displays, like venues and dates? If so, I'd love to hear from you please - contact me

 

Display Dates Venue Pilots Notes


The 1958 No. 75 Squadron "Jetobatics" Team _____________________________Vampire

29th of Mar 1958
_

RNZAF 21st Anniversary Airshow, Ohakea

Flt Lt John Clark Buckmaster

Fg Off Adam Anderson

Flt Lt Colin William Rudd

Fg Off Trevor Thomas Bland

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4


Note:

Thanks to Barry Flavall for information on the team members of the 1958 'Jetobatics' team

By Mid 1958 No. 75 Squadron began converting to the English Electric Canberra bombers in the UK, and they served on the type in Singapore for several years, so this spelled the end of the Vampire teams for some time, till 1963.

Sources for 1958 Jetobatics Team include RNZAF - A Short History by Geoff Bentley, pages 220 and 225, plus Pacific Wings magazine dated August 2006 and infor from Barry Flanall via email, plus 'Forever Strong' by Norman Franks


 

 

 

The No. 75 Squadron Canberra Display Team

Geoffrey Bentley's RNZAF - A Short History shows a photo of the crews from the four No. 75 Squadron Canberras that attended the Philippine Aviation Week at Manila in 1959, and took part in the air display. One of the men in that photo is former RNZAF navigator Peter Pennell, who has kindly forwarded some memories of his taking part in Canberra display teams with the RNZAF - see below the 1959 listing.

Dates Venue Pilots and Navigators Notes


The 1958 No. 75 Squadron Canberra Display Team

14th Dec 1958
_

11th Annual Philippine
Aviation Week, Manila

Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Reid Burton Highet

Flt Lt Colin Morris Hanson

Flt Lt Robert Fraser Ward

Pilot

Navigator

Eng Off

Flt Lt David Manson Crooks

Flt Lt Arthur Ronald Lawrence 'Ron' Russell

Wing Commander Voss

Pilot

Navigator

Passenger

Flt Lt Guy Xavier Edwin McLeod

P/O Peter Craig Pennell

F/O Stephen England Gillingham

Pilot

Navigator

Spare Pilot

Flt Lt Ian Albert Hutchins

Flt Lt Patrick Neville

F/O Denis John McMahon

Pilot

Navigator

Spare Nav


Note:

 

Source: No. 75 Squadron History compiled by B.E. Gilliver for the Squadron Association



The 1959 No. 75 Squadron Canberra Display Team

29th Nov 1959
_

12th Annual Philippine Aviation Week, Manila International Airport

Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Reid Burton Highet

Flt Lt Stuart William Quayle

Flt Lt Robert Fraser Ward

Pilot

Navigator

Eng Off

Flt Lt John Lewis Nicholson Harris

F/O Peter Craig Pennell

Pilot

Navigator

Flt Lt Guy Xavier Edwin McLeod

F/O Denis John McMahon

Pilot

Navigator

F/Lt Arthur Ronald Lawrence 'Ron' Russell

Flt Lt Sydney Arthur 'Tony' Williams

Flt Lt Douglas Murray Dallison

Pilot

Navigator

Spare Pilot


Note:

Canberra WF915 was flown by Ron Russell and Tony Williams to Manila International Airport to park up as the static aircraft. Accompannying them was Doug Dallison who was to be the team commentator. The other three crews flew a team display, operating out of Clark Air Force Base.

Groundcrew, flown up to the Philippines by No. 41 Squdron RNZAF in a Bristol Freighter, were:
F/Sgt H.T. Cosgrove
Sgt John Nigel Bruce (Radar Fitter)
Sgt Kenneth Arthur Grosse (Engine Fitter)
Sgt Douglas William Victor Hill (Armourer Fitter)
Sgt Ross McCabe
Sgt William Robinson (Airframe Fitter)
Cpl Sthephen Le Gros (Instrument Fitter)
Cpl R.G. McGregor
Cpl Norman Sawyers Ryder (Electrical Fitter)
LAC Basil Joseph Brosnahan (Engine Fitter)
LAC Peter Garth Campbell (Communications Mechanic)
LAC Anthony Norman Cooper (Armourer Fitter)
LAC Neville Peter Hancock (Electrical Fitter)
LAC Barry Mitchell Hawker (Metal Worker)
LAC C.J. Hempstead (Radar Fitter)
LAC Donald John Lamb (Instrument Mechanic)
LAC Christopher Robin Larson (Airframe Fitter)
LAC Jack Edward Moon (Airframe Mechanic)
LAC Trevor John Odering (Airframe Fitter)
LAC George McDonald Orsbourne (Engine Mechanic)
LAC Ross Edward Nyberg (Engine Mechanic)
LAC S.C. Robinson
LAC Allan Charles Rodgers (Electrical Mechanic)
LAC Ralph Charles Sandford (Engine Mechanic)
LAC John Ross Walton (Airframe Fitter)

Navigator Peter Pennell remembered:
"The Canberra display in Manila was one of two consecutive displays that I took part in, the first year 1958 with John Harris, and the second 1960 with Geoff Highet who as Squadron Commander did the solo display. not a dedicated team as such,  just a detachment with 4 aircraft doing simple formation flypasts, then the leader doing a solo display which included rolls and loops, and very low, very fast runs....."

Scanned from page 223 of RNZAF: A Short History by Geoffrey Bentley 

The 1959 team from No. 75 Squadron who performed at Manila.
From left are F/O Peter Pennell, Sqn Ldr Geoff Highet,
Flt Lt Ron Russell, Flt Lt Tony Williams, Flt Lt John Harris,
Flt Lt Stu Quayle, Flt Lt Guy McLeod and supposedly F/O Phillip 'Tex' Rickard.

Sources for 1959 Canberra Team includes RNZAF - A Short History by Geoff Bentley, pages 223 and additional information from Peter Pennell



The 1960 No. 75 Squadron Canberra Display Team________________________Vampire

1960
_

13th Annual Philippines Aviation Week, Manila

Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Highet

F/O Peter Pennell

Sqn Ldr Baker

Pilot (solo)

Navigator

Signals Off

Flt Lt Smith

Flt Lt Barry Ernest Gilliver

LAC James Gavin Kyles

Pilot

Navigator

Passenger

Flt Lt Ian Hutchins

Flt Lt Stu Quayle

Flt Lt Colin Ernest Baird Papps

Pilot

Navigator

Admin Off

Flt Lt Guy Mcleod

F/O Philip John 'Tex' Rickard

F/Sgt Burke (NCO i/c Servicing)

Pilot

Navigator

Passenger


Sources for 1960 Phillipines display - personal memories emailed to me by Peter Pennell


 

 

Above: Not a Vampire team as such, but several members of various teams seen here. Submitted by Ross Ewing, he says: "I'm not sure where this photo was taken (Hamilton or Whangarei?) but it was using a fish-eye lense! (hence the marked 'droop' of the Bristol Freighter's wing!). On the left is the No 75 Vampire Sqn Ops Flt Cdr, Barry Flavall, and on the right are the four Vampire Plt Offs who had all just come off No 36 Aircrew Course as the Vampires became reactivated. They are (left to right) Roger Henstock, Ross Ewing, Rick Histed and Graham Lloyd."

 

The 1960's No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatics Teams
Display Dates Venue Pilots Notes


The No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatics Team - 1963/64____________________Vampire

29th of Nov 1963
_

Feb 1964

8th of Feb 1964
_

15th of Feb 1964

Feb 1964

Feb 1964

22nd of Feb 1964
_

Flypast for CFS (RAF)
Seven Vampires looped

RNZAF Wigram

RNZAC Pageant,
Oamaru

Napier Airshow

Palmerston North

Fielding

Air Force Day
celebrations at Ohakea

Sqn Ldr Brian Stanley-Hunt

F/O Graham Robert 'Snow' Lloyd

F/O Kenneth Brooking RAF

Flt Lt Frederick Barry Flavall

Flt Lt Peter McDonald Rhodes

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5


Notes:

Sqn Ldr Brian Stanley-Hunt was now CO of No. 75, and under his leadership several team combinations were trialled in the work up to display season, before a five-ship was settled upon.

Brian Stanley-Hunt remembers:

"We had a rather short period to get up to speed to provide the finale for Air Force Day 1964, and part of this time was used to "show the flag" at various events.

We had a first practice with three on 22 Nov 63, and again on the 25th. We experimented with 5 (box +1) on 26 and 27 Nov."

Ross Ewing recalls that Pilot Officer Rick Histed was the fifth team member and solo man for this team. He states;

"As I recall, the No.5 Solo Display (T.11) man for this first re-activated Vampire team was Plt Off Rick (Richard) Histed. Rick was a very accomplished junior display pilot. He was killed in a car crash in May 1965."

It must have been this team on the 26th and 27th of November that Rick Histed flew as the Soloist at No. 5, rather than later in the actual displays.

Brian continues;

"My log book for Nov 29 shows that we did a flypast for a CFS (RAF) visit, and looped 7. 

We experimented on Dec 2 with the lead aircraft inverted but this proved impractical due to the limited time a Vamp could spend inverted.

Part of January was spent on more "standard" display sequences. and during this time we actually worked up two teams, the second being led by F/L Barry Flavall.

We hoped that this would enable us to do something a bit more impressive or be more flexible, but we then got a direction from "on high" that we were to provide a team using our more experienced pilots - a big disappointment to all concerned. The team then consolidated to myself, F/L Barry Flavall, F/O Ken Brooking, P/O G.R. (Snow) Lloyd, and I think we had F/L P. (Pete) Rhodes as the "singleton". 

We then had 8 practice flights including "thread the needle" and "role-under break". (We found the latter quite challenging, but it probably impressed us more than the audience!)  

We obtained a smoke capability (white only) and then went on to "show the flag" at Wigram, RNZAC Pageant '64 at Oamaru, Napier Air Show (Feb 15), Palmerston Nth, Fielding, before a rehearsal on Feb 20 and Air Force Day on Feb 22. (One of the interesting moments for us was when we buzzed and broke formation for arrival at Oamaru and found ourselves flying through what seemed like a cloud of comparatively stationary club light aircraft...)"

Barry Flavall remembers:

"The team performed at the RNZAC Pageant, Oamaru, on 8 Feb 1964, and again at the Air Force Day celebrations at Ohakea, on 22 Feb 1964. You will note that there were no performances in 1963, there being no team in existence at that time.

In attendance at the Air Force Day were 6 x F105s of the USAF, 3 x RAF Victors, 1 x Britannia, 1 x Yukon, 5 x Hercules, 1 x Argosy, 1 x Beverly, 1 x KB50, 3 x Neptunes and other RNZAF aircraft.

In the lead up to Air Force Day during rehearsals, 75 Squadron looped a nine aircraft formation (unofficially) on 19 Feb. This was the largest jet formation aerobatic manoeuvre up to that time, as far as I'm aware. The Air Force Day display was the swan song of this team."

Stuart McIntyre adds:

"Apropos the bit about flying the whole squadron  in a loop - I seem to recall we did so but in three boxes line astern so that we were all in the loop at the same time but not exactly in one formation."

Brian adds one further comment regarding the experience of the RNZAF Vampire display team pilots:

"In relation to Snow Lloyd, you may be aware of a quote in "Wings" of December 2005 that the Red Arrows require 1,500 hours on fast jets.  Whilst hastening to say that we were not the Red Arrows, our people were primarily involved in ordinary squadron flying and had nothing resembling such experience. Snow will have had little more than a Harvard Wings course and Vampire Jet Conversion. I was very proud of their performance which I believe was at least as good as any Vamp team (but then I would say that wouldn't I!). Cheers,  Brian."

It is obvious from the statements above there is some question about the 1963 squadron loop.

However, o a somewhat related note, the photos below have been kindly supplied by Trevor Huggard, an ex-RNZAF Vampire and Venom pilot who flew as No. 4 in the following formations sometime between January and September 1957. They show several large formation combinations being carried out by Vampires of No. 75 Squadron. They're fascinating and impressive.

Emails from Barry Flavall, Stewart Boys, Brian Stanley-Hunt, Ross Ewing, and Trevor Huggard

Photo via Trevor Huggard

Photo via Trevor Huggard

Photo via Trevor Huggard

Photo via Trevor Huggard

Photo via Trevor Huggard 

Photo via Trevor Huggard 

 

To see full coverage of the Air Force Day 1964
RNZAF 21st Anniversary Airshow

Click on the cover below to go to scans of the official magazine on my forum

Kindly Supplied by Trevor Huggard 

 


The No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatics Team - 1964/65
____________________Vampire
13th of Mar 1965
_
_

Royal New Zealand
Aero Club annual
pageant at Ardmore

Flt Lt Barry Flavall

Fg Off Ross Lithgow Ewing

Fg Off Graham Lloyd?

_______________________

No. 1

No. ?

No. ?

No. ?


Note:



The No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatics Team - 1966_______________________Vampire

29th of Jan 1966
______________-
-

Official Opening of the Auckland International Airport, Mangere

Flt Lt Larry Olsen

F/O Angus "Gus" Kingsmill

F/O Ross Ewing

F/O Barry Mitchell

Flt Lt Peter Rhodes (solo)

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

 

 

Flt Lt Larry Olsen leads Fg Offs Angus Kingsmill, Ross Ewing and
Barry Mitchell at the airshow for the opening of Auckland International Airport at Mangere on 29 January 1966. Photo kindly submitted by Ross Ewing

Emails from Ross Ewing and ' Forever Strong' by Norman Franks

 


The No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatics Team - 1966/67____________________Vampire

1966

 

 

 

 

Sqn Ldr Colin Rudd

F/O Gus Kingsmill

F/L John Murray Denton

F/L Larry Olsen

No. 1

 

 

 


Sources for the 1966 Team Forever Strong by Norman Franks, photo page 178


The No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatics Team - 1967______________________Vampire

16th Mar 1967

3rd of May 1967

11th of Oct 1967

3rd of Nov 1967

Wanganui

Whenuapai

Gisborne

Tengah

Sqn Ldr Colin Rudd

Arthur Edmund Dovey

F/L John Denton

F/L Larry Olsen

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

3-4 March 1967
_

8th of Aug 1967
_

Opening of New
Plymouth Airport

Display for RNZAF Spitfire
Veterans, Ohakea

Sqn Ldr Colin Rudd

Sqn Ldr Trevor Bland

F/O Murray Thornton Whineray

?

 

 

 

 


Note:

It seems there were two teams in 1967. Arthur Dovey says:

"I see by my log book that there was a number of flights in early 1967, but the only one where I have listed the formation is for some show in Wanganui. Not sure now what it was but the team was, C Rudd , 2, self, 3, John Denton, and 4, Larry Olsen. I started my Canberra conversion in April and I think Murray Whineray took over my position. It was not long after that , that he died as a result of a display at Ohakea for a reunion of old 75 Squadron members."

In fact the squadron members Arthur mentions were from No. 485 Squadron. The Vampire aerobatic display at Ohakea on the 8th of August 1967 resulted in a tragic crash. Flying Officer Murray Whineray, brother of the famous All Black, Sir Wilson Whineray, was sadly killed in a flying accident after the display as he was landing at 16.20 hours. He as flying Vampire FB.5 NZ5454. The occasion was the handing over of the No. 485 (NZ) Squadron Badge to Strike Wing, Ohakea. The team had been doing a display in front of a group of New Zealand WWII Spitfire veterans.

Squadron Leader Colin Hall (retired) was an RNZAF Fireman at the time and he witnessed the accident, and was involved in the attempted rescue and consequent Court of Enquiry that followed. He has written the following account especially for this webpage:

"The four-aircraft display was for the benefit of some Spitfire pilots as mentioned, and was to start with a 'scramble' which was probably not a good idea! The aircraft started up and took off, and it was noted subsequently that Murray Whineray didn't have his face mask on. There was also a loss of communication with him during the display, so they went into 'radio failure' routine.

They then lined up to land on 09 staggered, that is one behind the other, but taking different sides of the same runway. In a normal approach, the Vampire was pretty stable if set up correctly, but the application of power was notoriously slow with those old engines. You couldn't slam the throttle open as in Top Gun, because the engine would stall, so the throttle had to be opened slowly, which meant power delivery could take 20 or 30 seconds to develop.

The first two aircraft landed normally, but the third was seen to stagger in the air, and having watched air shows and aircraft for many years, it was clear he had hit the wake turbulence of the aircraft ahead. The crash crew took off, and I can recall being on the grass before we heard the klaxon, which in effect meant we were ahead of the tower in reacting.

The Vampire nose went up in a typical stall manner, then dropped suddenly. At the end of 09 there is an earth ramp run-off, and the aircraft hit that very hard, bounced, and came to a halt. It was such a short halt that it was on the engine run-up pan, which is at the very end of the runway. The impact was so severe, it broke off the bottom of the aircraft, and I recall seeing the four Hispano cannon lying on the taxiway.

There was a Devon on the hangar side of the taxiway, waiting for the last aircraft to land before taking off, and he witnessed the whole event. We had told the Tower to tell him not to move because it was better for us if we knew precisely what he was doing, and sitting still was fine! The pilot later said that he watched the Vampire hit, and slide to a halt, then two crash vehicles hurtled past his nose!

The accident was probably survivable but for one very unfortunate factor. There was quite a strong wind down the runway, and the aircraft came to a halt facing the way it had come, and when the fuel tank, just behind the pilot, ruptured, the resulting fire went directly over the cockpit. The pilot had no mask on, and inhaled smoke and flame in those first few seconds, a fact which eventually killed him.

We initially set about releasing him by lifting him, but as he was virtually sitting on the concrete. Myself and someone else, I think an engineering officer who had arrived, lifted the nose up and the rest of the boys dragged him out of the bottom of the aircraft.

I could see that he was very, very badly burned, and the RAAF doctor we had at the time stepped up and gave him an immediate injection of something pretty powerful. We then threw him into the ambulance, and off he went. He didn't speak at all, yet some arsehole of a reporter for the Manawatu Standard claimed he said "I'm alright but get me out". We went back to the Crash Bay via 75 Sqn and I dropped off to talk to the CO who was standing watching the whole event, as were most of the Base, and I told him what the situation was, but didn't mention my own thoughts or the fact that he was as badly burned.

The next morning, we heard on the radio that he had died overnight. I was at the Court of Inquiry and just told it as I saw it, and was asked what indication we had to move so quickly, before the tower sounded the alarm in fact, and I said it was obvious the aircraft was losing lift, and had virtually stalled at about fifty feet or so."

The Spitfire pilot's reunion and air display was actually filmed by BCNZ, or perhaps the National Film Unit. The above-described crash was caught on camera, and the film was used as evidence in the Court of Enquiry. I don't know if the footage of the air display was ever released.

Sources: Email from Arthur Dovey; and Colin Hall's eyewiness account on the Wings Over New Zealand Forum http://rnzaf,proboards43,com (under his alias of Phil82) and extra detail from http://www.adf-serials.com/nz-serials/ and for the New Plymouth display, info from Ron Ark who had the display programme booklet

 


The No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatics Team - 1967/68_____________________Vampire

11th of Feb 1968

23rd of Mar 1968
_

6th of Apr 1968

6th of May 1968

8th of May 1968

Sept 1968

Ardmore

Display for 1914-1918
Veterans at Ohakea

Tauranga Air Pageant

Kerikeri

Kaikohe

Tauranga

Sqn Ldr John Alan Scrimshaw

F/O Michael Reginald Callanan

Flt Lt Roger Ernest Henstock

F/O Ross Ewing

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4 (s)


Notes:

Although Norman Franks' book "Forever Strong" and other sources state that Graeme Thomson flew as No. 4 man in this team, that information is incorrect. Graeme himself has confirmed he was only a member of the 1969 team (below), and says:

"In 1967/68 I would often take the spare aircraft to displays which is where the confusion may come from."

Sources for the 1967/68 Team' Forever Strong' by Norman Franks, page 179, plus emails from Ross Ewing and John Scrimshaw

 

The Yellow Hammers

A team from No. 75 Squadron RNZAF flying de Havilland Vampires the 1968/69 season

Display Dates Venue Pilots Notes


The 1969 Yellow Hammers Team __________________________________________Vampire

26th of Jan 1969

Week of
16-23 Feb 1969
__

22nd of Feb 1969
_

9th of Mar 1969
_

26th of Mar 1969

26th of Mar 1969

27th of Mar 1969
_

28th of Mar 1969
_
_

3rd of May 1969
_
_

4th of May 1969
_
_
_

Wairoa Airshow

Two aerobatic
displays over
RNZAF Ohakea

RNZAC Pageant,
Tauranga

Wanganui Aero
Pageant

RNZAF Te Rapa

RNZAF Auckland

RNZAF
Woodbourne

RNZAF Wigram
for Graduation of
No. 51 Pilots Course

Ops Group Open
Day, RNZAF
Whenuapai

Display for
Exercise Kea Claw,
New Plymouth
(17,000 spectators)

Sqn Ldr William Ross Donaldson

F/O David Bevan

F/Lt Kenneth Arthur Gayfer

F/O Mike Callinan

F/O Peter Tweedie Waller (solo)

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5


Note:

This team first formed during the week of the 12th to 19th of January 1969. They performed their first display at Wairoa in January as seen above, and then during the week of the 16th to 23rd of February 1969 the team adopted the name of the Yellow Hammers.

Former 'Yellow Hammers' team member Ken Gayfer recalls:

"In 1969 I became training officer at No. 75 Sqn and slotted into the number three position in the Vampire display team.  I suggested to the CO and leader of the team that “Yellow Hammers” might be a good name for the team based upon the squadron crest which contained crossed yellow hammers.  All the team agreed and that is what it remained until disbandment following the arrival of the A4's."

Ross Ewing says:

"The name "The Yellow Hammers" came into use when the next formation aerobatic team leader, Sqn Ldr Ross Donaldson, took over. That name was used for his team alone. This was about 1968.  Sqn Ldr  Donaldson was then posted to the US Navy (around 1969) to become an instructor on Skyhawks.

During the 29th and 30th of April 1969 the team's display practice was filmed
for Northern Television's Town and Around news programme. This network broadcast to the upper North Island

During the week of the 25th to 31st of May 1969 the team's close formation practice display was filmed by the NZBC Film Unit, making a film about Jet Aerobatics. The chase-plane two-seat Vampire carrying the cameraman was flown by Trevor Bland.

A display scheduled for the Air Officer Commanding on the 4th of June 1969 had to be cancelled due to bad weather

On the 13th of June 1969 the team leader and squadron commander, Squadron Leader Ross Donaldson, was posted out of the squadron to go to the USA where he would convert onto the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk in preparation for the arrival of the RNZAF's new A-4K's. This ended the "Yellow Hammers" team. Another team formed within three months but they were no longer known by that name and only one member of this team remained within its ranks (see below)

Personal Aircraft flown by this team (with the pilot's name's stencilled on the side in 1 inch lettering near the unique Yellow Hammers logo, were as follows:

_
Ross Donaldson
Dave Bevan
Ken Gayfer
Mike Callinan
Pete Waller
_

NZ57__
NZ5770
NZ57__
NZ5765
NZ57__

Any help is filling the blanks on the serials would be appreciated please.

Source for 1969 Yellow Hammers Team - Photo and caption in Forever Strong by Norman Franks, page 178; and information kindly provided by Nathan "Barf" Bosher of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram from squadron records

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The Late 1969 No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatic Team
Display Dates Venue Pilots Notes


The No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatics Team - 1969/70________________________Vampire

11 October 1969
_
Cook Bicentenary
Celebrations, Gisborne

Sqn Ldr John Scrimshaw

Lt Cmd Fred P. Myers (USN)

F/Lt Ken Gayfer

F/Lt Graeme Robert Thomson

F/O Ross Ewing (solo)

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5


Notes:

This team immediately followed the Yellow Hammers. Ross Ewing states:

"Leadership of the Vampire team was then (from mid-1969) taken over by Sqn Ldr John Scrimshaw until he departed in January 1970 to the US to pick up the A-4K Skyhawks (he was in charge of the detachment). He did not re-adopt the name The Yellow Hammers, although his Vampire team was displayed on several occasions, including at the Cook Bicentenary Celebrations airshow at Gisborne in September 1969."

Graeme Thomson confirms this team:

"Yes, I was in the Vampire aerobatics team, but in the 1969 season, where the main focus was the Cook Bicentenary celebrations at Gisborne. I flew in that team as No. 4 with the others being (1) John Scrimshaw, (2) Fred Meyers (USN), (3) Ken Gayfer and Ross Ewing was #5 and solo pilot "

Jim Barclay remembers the Gisborne event in detail here:

"I saw mention of the Vampires at Gisborne for the Cook Bicentennial.  This was Exercise Golden Kiwi at Gisborne 30 Sep 69 – 14 Oct 69.  In this time we did 4 Diamond nine formation flypasts.

7 Oct practice – I was #7 of 9 flying NZ 5774

8 Oct Flypast the Naval Armada ( again 7 of 9 in NZ5770)

9 Oct Flypast Endeavour Park for the main civic ceremony in the main street of Gisborne (7 of 9 in 5774)

9 Oct Flypast Rugby Park for arrival of VIP (Gov General ?) ( 7 of 9 in 5774)

13 Oct Flypast Gisborne-Wairoa and then to Ohakea NZ5765.

Members of the first formation on 9 Oct were:

1 -Lt Cdr Fred P. Myers USMC exchange pilot

2 -P/O Ian ( Iggy) Wood

3- P/O P. Graham Bethell

4  F/O Graeme Thomson

5- F/L Ken A. Gayfer

6- F/L Ross L.Ewing

7 F/O Jim S. Barclay

8 F/O Ken G.Cox

9 F/O Jim R. Jennings & S/L Pat Neville (CO 14 Sqn) [or maybe he was W/C OC Base Wing Ohakea by then?]

The flypast was so low going past the dais that the white diesel smoke coming from five aircraft in the formation immediately enveloped the dignitaries. Fred Myers did a ‘low flyby' as leader of the formation but had forgotten that there were two layers of Vamps below him !  Passing the small Captain Cook ship mounted on top of the clock tower in the main street of Gisborne, Ross Ewing asked “ are you still there 9 ?” suggesting that 9 may have been scrapped off in the clock tower.  Pat Neville flying as a passenger with Jim Jennings at the bottom of the formation later remarked that he could see the new pair of underpants he needed quite clearly in Hallensteins shop window as we passed by VERY low up the main street !  

Iggy Wood had a blocked ear after the morning flight on 9 Oct but I don't know who took his place for the afternoon flight."

Thanks to Ross Ewing, Graeme Thomson and Jim Barclay for the information on this team.

Source for 75 Sqn 1955 Team - Photo and caption, Forever Strong , by Norman Franks, (Random Century, 1991), page 224 and By Such Deeds by Colin Hanson (Volplane Press, 2001) pages 170 & 337, and from Ross Ewing via email


 

The Last Ever No. 75 Squadron Vampire Display Team
Display Dates Venue Pilots Notes


The No. 75 Squadron Vampire Aerobatics Team - 1970 __________________________Vampire

7 March 1970 
_    

RNZAC Pageant, Wanganui 

Sqn Ldr John Stewart Boys

Flt Lt John Denton

Lt Cdr Fred Myers USMC

 

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

 


Notes:

Stewart Boys remembers:

"In February 1970 after I was posted as CO 75 Squadron (Vampires) while the majority of the Squadron was in the US training on Skyhawks. 

I was asked to form a three-man team, specifically to fly a display for the forthcoming RNZAC Pageant.  A three-man team simply because there were only three of us left with the necessary experience.  So here it is:  The Last Vampire Team.  Almost but not forgotten.

The last ever RNZAF Vampire display team. Left to Right: Lt Cdr Fred Myers USMC, Sqn Ldr Stewart Boys and Flt Lt John Denton 

"By this stage, the Vampires were showing their age and there were difficulties with keeping them serviceable.  On the day, I had to lead in a T11 as there were not enough single-seaters available.

The display went off well enough until the last manoeuvre - an upward bomburst in which the wing men were meant to roll outward on my command approaching the vertical and we would separately roll off the top and then turn and descend to complete a 50ft agl final pass in sequence. 

Well, I gave my command "bomburst, bomburst go" on the R/T and continued, concentrating on keeping my own loop straight.  When I rolled off the top, I was surprised to see the wing men still in some sort of formation trying to roll with me.  My transmit button had failed and they did not get the call. 

We recovered the formation and without proper communication had no option but to quietly fly away, change the lead by using hand signals and return to base. 

A bit of an ignominious end to the glorious Vampire formation aerobatics era but probably the general public did not notice.  Only the aficionados would have said something like "that's the first time I've seen a formation roll-off-the-top, and not very good either"." 

Source for 75 Sqn 1970 Team -email from Stewart Boys

 

 


 

The First Ever No. 75 Squadron Skyhawk Display Team
(Non-Aerobatic)
Display Dates Venue Pilots Notes

_
The No. 75 Squadron Skyhawk Display Team - 1972
____________________________Skyhawk

 

1972

 

RNZAF Base Ohakea

S/Ldr Ken Gayfer

Lt Cmdr Fred Myers

F/Lt Graeme Thomson

John Stuart Hosie

Roger Henstock (solo)

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5


Notes:

Contrary to what the press stated in 1981 about the Graeme Goldsmith-lead five-ship Skyhawk team at Air Force '81 being the first RNZAF A-4 team, pilot Ken Gayfer reports a little forgotten history. He actually formed and lead a team that flew the first formation routine of RNZAF Skyhawks. However, it was strictly a 'non-aerobatic team'. See his words here:

"In 1970 I went to the U.S. with the first group of 10 to be trained on the A4 in the post of training officer.  When John Hosie joined the squadron he and I tried out some formation aerobatics to see if an A-4 team could be developed.  We decided it was suitable but the AOC at the time was not convinced. 

Instead, we were asked to put on a 15 minute display without formation aerobatics!!  I led this first A-4 display team and, in order to comply with the “no aerobatics” directive, tongue firmly in cheek,  we dreamt up a manoeuvre we called ‘ripple roll' – individual aileron rolls in ‘looseish' echelon, each member rolling a fraction of a second after the one before - an adaptation of the RAF Red Arrows ‘Twinkle Roll'.   Later, long after I left the squadron, a very successful formation team was authorised and formed which became Kiwi Red.

Sorry, my second log book containing all A4 time was destroyed in a warehouse fire whilst our personal effects were in storage when we were on overseas posting.  Can't remember venue or dates but vaguely remember Hamilton as a possibility.  Fairly certain it was a team of five with Roger Henstock doing the solo."

Graeme Thomson adds more, confirming this little known team:

"After returning from training at USN Cecil Field in early 1970, the first Skyhawk aerobatics team was formed briefly in 1972, where I flew as #3 with (1) Ken Gayfer, (2) Fred Myers and (4) and solo Roger Henstock. After that in late 1972 I went to helicopters to finish my RNZAF time and then to commercial aviation with Air NZ briefly and then Cathay Pacific.

The Skyhawk team was certainly established in 1972 initially, but only for a couple of displays at Ohakea."

Source for 75 Sqn 1955 Team - Photo and caption, Forever Strong , by Norman Franks, (Random Century, 1991), page 224 and By Such Deeds by Colin Hanson (Volplane Press, 2001) pages 170 & 337

 

 

 

 

The No. 75 Squadron Skyhawk Aerobatic Team

The RNZAF's first dedicated McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawk display team was formed in 1981. It was colloquially known by its members as the RAGNSBQGAT, or the "Red and Gold Nothing Special But Quite Good Aerobatic Team" - however it appears from the airshow reviews that they were indeed something special.

One manoeuvre they included in their routine was their finale Roll Under Break. This had already claimed several airshow team aircraft abroad and was banned by the Royal Australian Navy, the USAF and the RCAF. However this team performed it superbly and the manoeuvre remained with the No. 75 Sqn team routines till 1989, when the Roll Under Break claimed another victim.

Display Dates Venue Pilots Notes


No. 75 Squadron Aerobatic Team - 1981
The "Red and Gold Nothing Special But Quite Good Aerobatic Team"

28th of Feb 1981
_

Air Force Day Airshow
RNZAF Ohakea

W/C Graeme James Wharton Goldsmith

Sqn Ldr Stewart D. White

Flt Lt John Nicholas Dick

Flt Lt Gavin John Howse

F/O Ian Clifford Gore

 

 

 

 

 


 
Above: Scanned from the RNZAF's Insight safety magazine from January 1981

This was the first RNZAF Skyhawk display team. They called themselves the "Red and Gold Nothing Special But Quite Good Aerobatic Team" and was just a one-off show at 1981's Ohakea's Air Force Day airshow. This was the foundation for all future RNZAF Skyhawk teams.

Former No. 75 Sqn CO and Leader of this team recalls the following:

"First, and contrary to info in the "Norman Franks" book on 75 Sqn, Jim Barclay was not the CO and neither was he involved with
this team, in fact I'm not sure Jim had a chance with any A4 team,
although he may correct me on this.   

I was CO of the Squadron at the time we got the team underway and did the paper work to ultimately get Air Staff approval to proceed.  

In hindsight it was a big call for them to make, indeed few air forces that I know would have committed almost 50% of its front line strike aircraft on such a venture (The Aussie machines were not on the scene then).  

However, once approval came through, Stew White and I set about doing the initial trials - speeds, power settings, 'G' limits/needs etc, as well as testing a couple of machines that had the slats permanently locked as per the US Navy Blue Angels who were operating the A4 at the time.   

In the early days there was some concern that the unpredictability of the aerodynamic slats might cause control problems for the formating members.   A modification was approved to have ours locked in and we did trials, but both Stew and I agreed the aircraft was quite a different beast in this configuration, particularly in the very low speed envelope, and as we were only part time in this business, unlike the Blue Angels, we would be better to stick with what we were used to.  

We certainly had no problems staying with the normal configuration (and I believe neither did the other teams), although I do recall on one practice over Ohakea Stew had a slat detach completely while doing a solo manoeuvre.  It gracefully fluttered to the ground somewhere near the bomb dump!

As to the "Roll - Under - Break" I have always considered it a safe manoeuvre, that is if you have competent team members and they know what they are doing - two vital ingredients for any aerobatic team!   Sadly, I believe there is ample evidence to suggest that was not the case in either of the later A4 display accidents.

Oh, and the reason for the RAGNSBQGAT?   I always believed it
appropriate to gain credibility before seeking fame or glory, and also in such a small unit as 75 the potential of having some artificially elevated above others, who could equally have done the job (at least in my time they could have), was unnecessarily divisive.   My opinion as well, and I am quite possibly out of line with others, but the bigger picture of showing RNZAF capabilities was to me always more important than the individual performing them."

Graeme adds that the team did;

"Only the one show, although we did do a work up at Woodbourne quite early on.   Shortly after AFD '81 we deployed to Clark AFB in the Philippines for the first RNZAF participation in the USAF "Cope Thunder" programme, the SEA version of Red Flag.  After this it was off to Malaysia for Vanguard (26 I believe)."

Sadly shortly afterwards, while on a low level exercise on the 25th of March 1981, team member Flt Lt John Dick was killed when his TA-4K Skyhawk NZ6253 struck dense bush on a ridge line and crashed in the Ruahine Ranges about 25 kilometers from Taihape. Dick had ejected too late to be saved from the crash.

 
Above: An RNZAF Philatelic First Day Cover flown by this team

Sources include Insight magazine for January 1981; and http://www.geocities.com/redkiwi.geo/skyhawk_kiwi_red.htm

31st of Jan 1981
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__
_
Hawkes Bay Earthquake
50th Anniversary Airshow,
Napier Airport (Two TA-4K's
only, probably from this team?)

 

 

 


No. 75 Squadron Aerobatic Team
-- 1982

 

_______________

 

_______________________

Wg Comm John Willis Lanham

F/O Herbert Bruce Keightley

?

?

?

Sqn CO

 

_

 

 


No. 75 Squadron Aerobatic Team - 1983

26-27 Mar 1983
_

10 Apr 1983

17 Apr 1983

Air Extravaganza,
RNZAF Base Whenuapai

Wanganui

RNZAF Base Woodbourne

Wg Comm John Lanham (Sqn CO)

F/O Herb Keightley

F/O Glenn Colin Stewart

Flt Lt Francis Stanton Sharp

Flt Lt Steven Douglas Pilkington

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5


Note:

The Air Extravaganza at Whenuapai was raising money for the RNZAF Museum at Wigram. It had a record crowd of an estimated 135,000 people, and it was the first time ever that the famous "plugged barrel roll" was performed by any team publicly in the world.

RNZAF Official - Supplied by Glenn Stewart 

Left to Right: Steve Pilkington, Bruce Keightley, John Lanham, Glenn Stewart and Frank Sharp

Sources include http://www.geocities.com/redkiwi.geo/skyhawk_kiwi_red.htm and information supplied by Glenn Stewart


No. 75 Squadron Aerobatic Team - 1986

July 1986

1986

6th of Oct 1986
_

1986

Rarotonga Airport, Cook Is.

Tonga

Royal Australian Navy's
75th Anniversary, Nowra

RMAF Kuantan, Malaysia

Wg Comm Frank Sharp

Flt Lt Peter King

F/O Donald Laming

Flt Lt Craig Jonathon Wylie "Rosoe" Tanner

Sqn Ldr Gavin Howse

F/O Nigel Kenneth Milne

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4
_

No. 5

No. 6


Note:

The Rarotongan airshow was the Cook Islands' first Airshow ever. No. 75 Squadron's team was there as part of the NZDF Exercise Joint Venture ‘86.

Sources include NZ Wings for 1986, and http://www.geocities.com/redkiwi.geo/skyhawk_kiwi_red.htm



No. 75 Squadron Aerobatic Team - 1987

28th and 29th of
March 1987

1st of April 1987
_

4th and 5th of
April 1987

11th and 12th of
April 1987

Christchurch International
Airport 50th Anniversary

RNZAF 50th Anniversary,
RNZAF Wigram

RNZAF 50th Anniversary,
RNZAF Ohakea

RNZAF 50th Anniversary,
RNZAF Whenuapai

Wg Cdr Frank Sharp

F/O Peter Roydon Turvey

F/O John Gordon Benfell

F/O Philip William Wilson

Sqn Ldr Colin Maurice Rippey

Flt Lt Stephen John Moore

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

No. 6

 

Watch a Youtube Film of this Team in Action

Click Here


Sources include NZ Wings magazine issues for 1987, and http://www.geocities.com/redkiwi.geo/skyhawk_kiwi_red.htm

 

 

 

Kiwi Red

From 1988 onwards the No. 75 Squadron RNZAF Skyhawk display team had a new name, and they became international. They were now known by their call sign they had adopted in Australia this season of 'Kiwi Red'. This would go on to become one of New Zealand's best known and most loved aerobatic display teams.

Display Dates Venue Pilots Notes

1988 Kiwi Red Team

__Red 1

__Red 2

__Red 3

__Red 4

__Red 5

__Red 6

Wing Commander Frank Sharp

Flying Officer Peter King

Flying Officer Don Laming

Flight Lieutenant Craig 'Roscoe' Tanner

Squadron Leader Gavin Howse

Flying Officer Nigel Milne

Australian Bicentennial Airshow,
RAAF Richmond, Australia

Nissan Mobil 500 Race Wellington Waterfront

12-16 of October 1988
_

24th of October 1988

_
_

Televised


Note:

The lunchtime display over Wellington city harbour was broadcast live on TVNZ during the Nissan Mobil 500 street race

Source for Bicentenial Airshow - New Zealand Wings September 1988, page 5


1989-90 Kiwi Red Team

__Red 1

__Red 2

__Red 3

__Red 4a

__Red 4b

__Red 5

__Red 6

Wing Commander John Stephenson 'Boss' Bates

Flight Lieutenant Barry John 'Patch' Nelson

Flying Officer Graeme Edward 'Dobbo' Dobson

Flying Officer Graham Thomas "Crater" Carter (killed in a practice)

Flying Officer Craig Alexander Mitchell (replaced Graham Carter)

Flight Lieutenant Herbert Bruce 'Herb' Keightley

Flight Lieutenant Peter King

Battle of Britain Day Flypast, low level over lower
North Island and upper South island towns as
the team flew from Ohakea to Woodbourne

RNZAF Woodbourne 50th Anniv. Open Day

RNZAF Ohakea 50th Anniversary Open Day

Full display over Ohakea (first full display for
replacement F/O Craig Mitchell)

Manfield Motorcycle Race Track

Special Olympics, Queen Elizabeth College
Palmerston North

Nissan/Mobil 500 Race Wellington

Cultural Festival on the Waitemata Harbour

Opening of Commonwealth Games, Mt Smart

RNZAF Whenuapai

To Hamilton Airport (for 5 Day Deployment)
via Great Barrier Island display

Rotorua, Kawerau and Whakatane

Displays over Tauranga and Te Puke

Raglan, Te Kuiti, Tokoroa & Hauraki Plains

Display at Hamilton, then returned Whenuapai

Closing of the Commonwealth Games, Mt Smart

Whitbread Around The World Yacht Race
Fourth Leg Launch, Auckland Harbour

Display over Orewa

Waitangi Day Celebrations 150th, Waitangi

Royal New Zealand Aero Club Pageant, Timaru

Displays over Taupo and Wanganui

Displays over the Woodville Festival,the Bulls Anniversary Celebrations and Apiti

Displays over Wairoa and Napier

Displays over Hastings and Dannevirke

Display at New Plymouth

Display at Marton

Ardmore Airshow

Invercargill, Balclutha, Bluff and Stewart Is.

Display over St Kilda Beach, Dunedin

Display at Wigram, Christchurch

RNZAF Woodbourne Ultrascan Appeal Airshow

Display at Wigram Southern Cross Airshow,
then display over New Brighton and Lyttleton

Flypasts in North Canterbury in the morning
and Lower Canterbury in the afternoon

Hokitika, South Marlborough, Westport,
Takaka and the Marlborough Sounds

Display over Nelson Harbour

Gisborne Airshow

Display over Wellington Harbour

RNZAF Ohakea, for 75 Sqn's 50th Anniversary

15th of Sept 1989
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_

16th of Sept 1989

29th of Sept 1989_

6th of Nov 1989
_

19th of Nov 1989

2nd of Dec 1989
_ _

2nd-3rd of Dec 1989

24th of Jan 1990 (am)

24th of Jan 1990 (pm)_

25th of Jan 1990

26th of Jan 1990
_

26th of Jan 1990

27th of Jan 1990 (am)

27th of Jan 1990 (pm)

28th of Jan 1990

3rd of Feb 1990

4th of Feb 1990
_

5th of Feb 1990

6th of Feb 1990

17th of Feb 1990 _

23rd of Feb 1990

24th of Feb 1990
_

27th of Feb 1990

28th of Feb 1990

1st of March 1990

2nd of March 1990

4th of March 1990

13th of March 1990

14th of March 1990

16th of March 1990

17th of March 1990

18th of March 1990
_

20th of March 1990
_

21st of March 1990
_

22nd of March 1990

25th of March 1990

28th of March 1990

30 & 31 March 1990

5

_

16

29

6
_

19

2
_ _

Televised

2

Televised

Televised

_
_

 

 

 

 

 

Televised
_

 

Televised

 

4

1

 

2
_

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-
-

-
-

-
-

3-

 

Televised

-


Note:

During the 1989-90 Season an excellent film was made that followed this team, called "Kiwi Red: Six of the Best". It was dedicated to 'Red 3' Flying Officer Graham Carter who was killed following a routine practice over the Raumai Ranges on the 24th of October 1989.

The team was conducting their notoriously dangerous 'roll under break' finale manoeuvre as they were about to land, (a manoeuvre the 75 Sqn team had done since its inception in 1981 but which had been banned by the RAN, RCAF and USAF) a collision occurred between his aircraft NZ6210 and another Skyhawk "Red 4" NZ6211.

The latter aircraft, which was fitted with a refuelling pod, was able to land at Ohakea safely. F/O Carter however was unable to attempt to eject and was killed. This was the first fatal mid-air collision in any RNZAF aerobatic team.

Recommendation of Resource:

An incredible resource which has added a number of new dates and details to my Kiwi Red database above is this page on the IPMS Dunedin website here

'Kiwi Red: Six of the Best" video, and the IPMS Dunedin website mentioned in the notes above, plus personal experience and NZ Wings issues for 1989-1990


 

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