HISTORY

First flown in the late 1960’s, the BAC 167 Strikemaster was a direct descendant of the Hunting Percival Jet Provost that had in turn first flown in 1954. The Jet Provost, designed as a jet-powered trainer for the Royal Air Force, was a capable training aircraft in use with the RAF (and other air forces including Iraq) from 1955 through to 1993. 

Recognising that the Jet Provost was limited in its ability to conduct advanced (weapons) training, British Aerospace Corporation (BAC), who had by the 1960’s taken over Hunting Aircraft (the manufacturer of the Jet Provost), took steps to re-design and upgrade the Jet Provost. Starting with a more powerful engine, a strengthened airframe, internally mounted machine guns and the ability to carry weapons under the wings, the BAC 167 Strikemaster brought with it new capabilities that saw it in service with numerous air forces, including the (Royal New Zealand Air Force) RNZAF, as an advanced trainer and counter-insurgency (COIN) platform. 

With the RNZAF seeking a replacement for its ageing fleet of dual seat Vampire T.11 trainers, the Strikemaster was evaluated and met RNZAF needs, and was chosen to join the ranks of the New Zealand Air Force.  In total, 16 aircraft were ordered, the first of which joined the RNZAF in 1972. They were used extensively in the advanced trainer and strike roles with 14 Squadron based at Ohakea, with pilots progressing on to fly the McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawk. 

Retired from Air Force service in 1992, the Strikemaster was replaced by the Aermacchi MB339, which has in turn been withdrawn from service due to the retirement of the Skyhawk fleet.  

 

Our Strikemaster, NZ6370, served with the 14 Squadron RNZAF before being sold into private hands in Australia, where it flew as part of the JETFIGHTER fleet before being transferred back to NZ ownership in 2011. 

NZ6370 is now based at Ardmore airfield, south of Auckland, and is available for charter. 

 

About NZ6370

NZ6370 is owned and operated by Strikemaster Ltd and is approved under Part 115 of the New Zealand CAA rules to operate adventure aviation flights.
 
 
Specifications:
  • Crew: 2 Pilot, Co-Pilot
  • Length: 33 ft 8½ in (10.27 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 11½ in (3.34 m)
  • Wing area: 213.7 ft² (19.85 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 23015 (modified) at root, NACA 4412 (modified) at tip
  • Empty weight: 6,195 lb (2,810 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 9,303 lb (4,219 kg) (pilot training)
  • Max takeoff weight: 11,500 lb (5,215 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Viper Mk.535 turbojet, 3,140 lbf (15.2 kN)
 
Performance:
  • Never exceed speed: 518 mph (450 knots, 834 km/h)
  • Maximum speed: 481 mph (418 knots, 774 km/h) at 18,000 ft (5,485 m)
  • Stall speed: 98 mph (85.5 knots, 158 km/h) (flaps down)
  • Range: 1,382 mi (1,200 nmi, 2,224 km) (at max take-off weight)
  • Combat radius: 145 mi (126 nmi, 233 km) with 3,000 lb (1,360 kg) weapons, lo-lo-lo profile
  • Service ceiling: 40,000 ft (12,200 m)
  • Rate of climb: 5,250 ft/min (26.7 m/s)
 
Armament:
  • Guns: 2 × 7.62 mm NATO machine guns with 550 rounds each
  • Hardpoints: 4 (2 per wing) with a capacity of 3,000 lb (1,364 kg) and provisions to carry combinations of bombs, machine gun pods, air-to-ground rocket pods, fuel drop tanks, and napalm tanks.