BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk.88
RNZAF serial no. NZ6373
Manufacturer’s no. 343
Currently stored in the Reserve Collection
Can be viewed on the Daily Tour
Affectionately known as the ‘Blunty’ due to its rounded nose, the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) Strikemaster was the RNZAF’s primary jet trainer for 20 years.
The Strikemaster was essentially an armed version of the Jet Provost, which had been designed and built in Britain in the 1950s, primarily as a training aircraft. The RNZAF acquired 10 Strikemasters in 1972, with a further six arriving in 1975. Operated by No. 14 Squadron, it was used mainly as a jet conversion trainer. From 1976, all RNZAF pilots completed training on this aircraft type, regardless of their later specialisation. The Strikemaster was replaced in 1992 by the Aermacchi MB339-CB.
NZ6373 was part of the second batch of Strikemasters delivered to the RNZAF in 1975. Following its retirement, NZ6373 was made an instructional airframe at Wigram before being added to the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.