The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s CT-4E Airtrainers took to the skies a final time on 4 December 2014, flying a farewell display over Manawatu and Whanganui.
Since the lease of the 12 Pacific Aerospace Limited (PACL) CT-4Es in 1998, plus a 13th in 1999, 190 student-pilots got their wings on the primary training aircraft, flying from RNZAF Base Ohakea. The CT-4Es even ade up the RNZAF display team, the Red Checkers.
Both the aerobatics as well as the basic training course will be taken over by the new Beechcraft T-6C Texan II, of which 11 have been ordered. The fifth Texan arrived in New Zealand in November 2014, the final ones are planned to arrive by mid-2015.