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Serial c/n Delivered Aircraft history
NZ6460 6786/164/CB001 19 April 1991 First Macchi to be test flown in New Zealand on 12 April 1991.
Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Made wheels up emergency landing on runway at Ohakea 28 November 1994 after FOD ingestion caused engine flameout on takeoff.
Returned to Italy for repair.
Back in service 1997.
from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Flown from Ohakea to Woodbourne by Squadron Leader Stephen Taylor in formation with NZ6464 and NZ6205 for storage and sale on 30 July 2004.
To RNZAF Museum Wigram

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6460

NZ6461 6790/165/CB002 19 April 1991 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Took part in farewell flyover of North Island towns 11 December 2001.
Took part in final flypast at disbanding parade 13 December 2001.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Sold to Draken International in 2012 and registered in the USA as N339EM on 01 March 2013 .

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6461

NZ6462 6783/166/CB003 19 April 1991 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Took part in farewell flyover of North Island towns 11 December 2001.
Took part in final flypast at disbanding parade 13 December 2001.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Sold to Draken International in 2012 and registered in the USA as N341EM on 01 March 2013

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6462

NZ6463 6792/167/CB004 September 1991 First flight 23 May 1991.
Displayed in static park at Paris Air Show 1991 prior to delivery.
Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Sold to Draken International in 2012 and registered in the USA as N342EM on 01 March 2013

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6463

NZ6464 6794/168/CB005 September 1991 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Flown from Ohakea to Woodbourne by Squadron Leader Jim Rankin in formation with NZ6460 and NZ6205 on 30 July 2004 for storage and sale.
To Ashburton Aviation Museum

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6464

NZ6465 6795/169/CB006 September 1991 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Ditched in Rangaunu Harbour near Kaitaia after engine started vibrating and lost power 13 October 1993.
Pilot and passenger ejected successfully.
Tenth and eleventh RNZAF ejections, seventh and eighth in New Zealand and first non-aircrew ejection.
Aircraft retrieved but unrepairable and given to RNZAF Museum, Ohakea Wing.
Presently stored at Ohakea.

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6465

NZ6466 6797/170/CB007 1991 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
To Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) Auckland

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6466

NZ6467 6798/171/CB008 1991 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Damaged after wheels up landing at Ohakea 15 April 1992.
Repaired and returned to service.
Took part in farewell flyover of North Island towns 11 December 2001.
Took part in final flypast at disbanding parade 13 December 2001.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Sold to Draken International in 2012 and registered in the USA as N343EM on 01 March 2013

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6467

NZ6468 6799/172/CB009 1991 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Aircraft landed on runway 27 at Ohakea on 09 February 2000 with cockpit indications that the undercarriage was secure but during the latter stages of the rollout all 3 undercarriage legs collapsed.
Repairs to aircraft not complete when strike force disbandment was announced and aircraft offered for sale on "as is" basis.
On display on pole at Wanaka Transport Museum

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6468

NZ6469 6800/173/CB010 1991 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Took part in flying display at IAT '92 Boscombe Down 13 June 1992 prior to delivery.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
To Classic Flyers Museum Tauranga

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6469

NZ6470 6801/174/CB011 1992 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Sold to Draken International in 2012 and registered in the USA as N344EM on 01 March 2013 .

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6470

NZ6471 6802/175/CB012 1992 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Took part in final flypast at disbanding parade 13 December 2001.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
To Warbirds Museum Ardmore

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6471

NZ6472 6805/176/CB013 1992 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Took part in farewell flyover of North Island towns 11 December 2001.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale
Gifted to the Sport and Vintage Aviation Society of Masterton but has remained at Ohakea.

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6472

NZ6473 6806/177/CB014 1992 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Sold to Draken International in 2012 and registered in the USA as N346EM on 01 March 2013 .

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6473

NZ6474 6807/178/CB015 1992 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Sold to Draken International in 2012 and registered in the USA as N347EM on 01 March 2013 .

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6474

NZ6475 6828/179/CB016 1992 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
To Croydon Aviation Museum

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6475

NZ6476 6829/180/CB017 1992 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Sold to Draken International in 2012 and registered in the USA as N348EM on 01 March 2013 .

Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6476

NZ6477 6830/181/CB018 1992 Operated by No.14 Squadron Ohakea.
Emergency landing at Hamilton April 1999 after birdstrike broke canopy.
Retired from service 13 December 2001 when RNZAF strike force was disbanded and stored at Ohakea awaiting sale.
Sold to Draken International in 2012 and registered in the USA as N349EM on 01 March 2013

.Highlight for Album: Macchi NZ6477

 
   

RNZAF Macchis

Note: Nine former RNZAF Macchi's wrere acquired in 2012 by Draken International of Lakeland, Florida and operated on defence contract work alongside eleven former RNZAF A-4 Skyhawks.

 

 

Author: Ivan Prince (Updated by Brendan Cowan and Martin Edwards)

Sources: AHSNZ publications 1992-2004, NZ Wings 1995-1996. Air Britain Historians, www.registry.faa.gov ,

Emails: Les Billcliff, Allan Butters, Dave Masterson.

Updated 5th September 2016

     
     

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