Black Falcons

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RNZAF Black Falcons
Beechcraft T-6 Texan flying by.jpg
A Beechcraft T-6 Texan II like the ones used by the Black Falcons.
ActiveJanuary – December 2000
January 2016 – present
CountryNew Zealand New Zealand
BranchAir Force Ensign of New Zealand.svg Royal New Zealand Air Force
TypeAerobatic Display Team
Size5 x Beechcraft T-6 Texan II
Garrison/HQRNZAF Base Ohakea
ColorsBlack and white
Mascot(s)New Zealand Falcon
EquipmentBeechcraft T-6 Texan II

The Black Falcons is the aerobatic display team of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Original formation[edit]

The team was first formed in 2000 using five Aermacchi MB-339CB aircraft from No. 14 Squadron, flown by 14 Squadron instructors. The first of five displays was held on 1 January 2000 at the Gisborne Millennium and the team disbanded later that year.[1]

Reinstatement[edit]

In January 2016 Central Flying School (CFS) began flying 11 Beechcraft T-6 Texan II, sharing the aircraft with No. 14 Squadron. The previous RNZAF Red Checkers display team was disbanded, and the newly formed group was named the RNZAF Black Falcons. The team is made up of Qualified Flying Instructors of the Central Flying School and No.14 Squadron. The bulk of the team generally come from CFS, with the Team Leader (Falcon 1), normally also holding the post of Officer Commanding Central Flying School.

The new team's first display was scheduled for the 2017 Wings over Wairarapa airshow, although bad weather caused the displays to be canceled. Instead the first display was held at the RNZAF 80th Anniversary Air Tatto at the team's home base, RNZAF Base Ohakea the following week.[2][3][4] [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 14 Squadron Display Teams".
  2. ^ "New air force planes 'a huge step up'".
  3. ^ "SunLive - Black Falcons named in Tauranga - The Bay's News First".
  4. ^ Hartigan, Brian (17 November 2015). "Black Falcons to feature at Ohakea Air Show".
  5. ^ http://www.wings.org.nz/