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Anina Botes (Auckland, New Zealand) on 20 March 2010 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

In 1967 the RNZAF's only aerobatic team was officially called the Red Checkers, the name being derived from the red and white checkered cowls on the five Harvards that made up this team.

The team is known for its mirror flying displays. It is the only RNZAF team to have a sustained history.

Red Checker pilots are senior flying instructors from the RNZAF Central Flying School and the Pilot Training Squadron.

Squadron Leader Nick Cree was killed when the CT-4 training aircraft he was flying hit the ground while practicing aerial display manoeuvres near RNZAF Base Ohakea on 14 January 2010.

On 1 March 2010 two aircraft touched during training with one aircraft incurring minor damage. The Red Checkers have been grounded for the rest of the season.

RNZAF Air Show #3

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