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NZ skyhawks and jet trainers finally sold

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posted on Sep, 11 2005 @ 06:55 AM
NZ skyhawks and jet trainers finally sold.

A sale has finally been struck and after four years New Zealand's Skyhawks are off to a new home.

One News can reveal the planes have been sold to an American company but the deal is so top secret Prime Minister Helen Clark claims she did not even know about it.

When asked about the multi million dollar deal, Clark said she had not had a briefing and did not know if they had been sold.

Clark then came back within an hour with a statement saying that officials had come to an agreement..

"I understand negotiations have gone very well and that officials have been able to conclude a heads of agreement but that has to come up to the cabinet and I'll be in a position to accept that as a late paper for monday," Clark said.

One news understands both the Skyhawk and Aermacchi training aircraft have been sold to an American pilot training company.

Clark says there has been interest from the US and from elsewhere, and said the government should be in a position to announce that on Monday.

Details of the sale are still secret but Clark says received at least $100 million for the planes.

She says there will have to be other costs coming off which could be close to $10 million

Now lets wait and see what they buy ?????

posted on Sep, 11 2005 @ 09:56 AM
Good post. I have to wonder, though, why would the selling of trainers and skyhawks be so secret?

posted on Sep, 11 2005 @ 12:20 PM

Originally posted by Jezza

Now lets wait and see what they buy ?????

If you mean NZ then they wont be buying anything, they've given up operating combat jets.

posted on Sep, 12 2005 @ 08:39 AM
Surplus Aircraft Sold

The Minister of Defence, Hon Mark Burton today announced that the RNZAF Skyhawk and Aermacchi fleets have been sold to a private American company, Tactical Air Services, Inc. for around $155 million (US$110 million ) following the signing of a Heads of Agreement between the company and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

“This is an excellent outcome. The money received from the sale after aircraft regeneration, shipping and other costs associated with the sale will be available to continue the programme of developing a modern, relevant defence force,” Mark Burton said.

“There has been much speculation on the eventual fate of the air combat fleet including misinformed comment about the Skyhawks being scrapped. All parties will therefore be pleased to see this successful outcome.”

The recent successful introduction of the giant European aerospace company Alenia Aeronautica, SpA, a Finmeccanica company, as the company’s “corner stone” shareholder has meant Tactical Air Services is now able to complete the acquisition of the New Zealand air combat force aircraft. Finmeccanica is also the parent of Aermacchi SpA, the manufacturer of the RNZAF Aermacchi aircraft.

The sale is conditional upon the formal agreement of the US State Department permitting the importation of the aircraft into the United States as well as the required End User Certificates from New Zealand and Italy. These matters have already been extensively discussed with the respective foreign government departments and no problems were anticipated in finalising the arrangements.

Regeneration work on returning the Skyhawks to operational status will be undertaken by Safe Air Limited in Blenheim. The Aermacchi fleet is already fully operational. Both fleets will be progressively shipped to the US over the next few months.

“Given the considerable interest in advancing this matter from other political parties I am sure that they will welcome this announcement.

"I am particularly pleased that the regeneration work required to bring the Skyhawks back to operational status is going to a New Zealand company, Blenheim's Safe Air. This recognises the high level of New Zealand expertise in aircraft engineering."

(Source: New Zealand Government Cabinet; issued Sept. 12, 2005)

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posted on Sep, 12 2005 @ 01:40 PM
Hopefully they will fly here to Williams Gateway Airport so I can watch them. Gotta love them Skyhawks.

posted on Sep, 15 2005 @ 06:05 PM
As we speak Davis Monthan is dusting off some F-16As.

posted on Sep, 16 2005 @ 08:05 AM


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