The Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcons will make their debut at January’s Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival being held at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton. 

February 17th – 19th

The five T-6C Texan II aircraft, all piloted by experienced RNZAF pilot instructors, will thrill visitors with a 10 minute aerobatic display over Hood Aerodrome during the three-day event which begins on 17th February.

Squadron Leader Brett Clayton says the Black Falcons are midway through their work up season and are now linking all of the individual pilot flying components into the display.

“The aircraft are performing very well; the Texans have nice handling characteristics.  We’ve got to keep in mind that these are large aircraft, not the smaller CT4’s that the Red Checkers previously used, and there are things that the CT4’s could do that we can’t do with the Texans,” he says. 

“Because of this we’ve put in a considerable amount of work into designing a display sequence that shows the grace of the Texan and demonstrates it in its best light.  It will be a thrilling display, a contrast of power and noise equalled by polished aerobatics.”