It was eight years ago that New Zealand's well known wartime bomber squadron —No. 75 Squadron —turned in their aging Vampire FB5 and T.11 aircraft for 14 brand new A4K and TA4K McDonnell-Douglas Skyhawk jet fighter/ bombers; the RNZAF's obsolescent B(1)12 and T13 Canberra light bombers were also being retired, and by the end of 1970 the Skyhawks had become this country's front line 'sharp end' strike force.
On Saturday, June 3, two aircraft landed at Essendon Airport, Melbourne — newsworthy in their own immediate right but also marking an interesting development in Australasian aviation. For the two arrivals were Argosy 222s TR-LWQ and TR-LWR, sister ships to Safe Air's ZK-SAE and ZK-SAF. These aircraft are all that remain of the Series 200 Argosies.