TA-4G SKYHAWK ARRIVAL AT HMAS ALBATROSS
- Friday, 20 April 2012
- 9:30am for 10:00am start
- A TA-4G Skyhawk jet, bound for the Fleet Air Arm Museum, will arrive at HMAS Albatross in the belly of a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster.
- HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW
A Skyhawk TA-4G trainer departs NAS Nowra on a training mission.
The New Zealand Government has donated an ex-Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) TA-4G Skyhawk jet to Nowra’s Fleet Air Arm Museum.
The two-seat aircraft, which will be the only RAN Skyhawk held by the Museum, will be delivered to HMAS Albatrossin a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster.
The Skyhawk was introduced into RAN service in 1967 to provide naval fighter protection to Australian Defence Force assets overseas.
The Skyhawk fleet was withdrawn from RAN service in 1984 and subsequently sold to the RNZAF, which undertook to return one aircraft to Australia for heritage purposes after decommissioning.
Following its arrival at Albatross, the Skyhawk will be reassembled by the New Zealand project team and repainted in 724 Squadron livery, before going on public display.
The New Zealand government has funded the aircraft disassembly and load preparation, as well as the reassembly and repainting costs. A formal handover ceremony from the New Zealand Ministry of Defence is scheduled for later this year.