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Jared "Rook" Isaacman, CEO Draken International. Note that "Rook" also owns JDI Holdings.
Six former RNZAF A-4K Skyhawks.
BuNo 157904 NZ6212 (Draken N142EM)
BuNo 154905 NZ6213 (N143EM)
BuNo 154908 NZ6214 (N144EM)
BuNo 155052 NZ6215 (N145EM)
BuNo 155063 NZ6217 (N146EM)
BuNo 155069 NZ6218 (N147EM)
Two former RNZAF TA-4K Skyhawks.
BuNo 157914 NZ6251 (N140EM)
BuNo 157915 NZ6252 (N141EM)
Douglas A-4L Skyhawk: Three leased from A-4L LLC.
Douglas A-4L Skyhawk: One A-4L under long term rebuild at Houston Ellington Field , held by JDI Holdings.
Douglas A-4C Skyhawk: Two A-4C at Marana, AZ. Held by JDI Holdings, with no current plans to restore them.
12 DEC 2014: Draken buys six A4-N Skyhawks from BAE Systems and flies them to U.S.A. from Germany.
BAE N432FS = BuNo 159542 c/n 14462 IDF-432. N432FS while with BAE Systems, this image in Italy.
BAE N434FS = BuNo 159815 c/n 14514 IDF-373
BAE N437FS = BuNo 159078 c/n 14372 IDF-355
BAE N262WL = BuNo 159545 c/n 14465 IDF-444 (former ATSI Aircraft)
BAE N268WL = BuNo 159530 c/n 14450 IDF-395 (former ATSI Aircraft)
N269WL, one of the ATSI A-4Ns on lease to AVDEF, based at Nimes in Southern France. BuNo 159536, is now registered F-ZVMD. They are supposed to be getting a second A-4 from ATSI.
Lakeland FL. (KLAL)
15 NOV 2011: New Zealand's Defence Minister has announced that a United States company, JDI Holdings, is going to buy eight Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) retired A-4K/TA-4K Skyhawks.
Winter 2012: RNZAF deal completed with JDI Holdings. These aircraft will flown by Draken International, INC.
Spring 2012: Commenced the lease of three A-4L from "A-4L LLC".
01 AUG 2012:
Press Release on Draken’s NZ Skyhawk acquisition:Draken International Purchases Eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks LAKELAND, FL (July, 2012) - Draken International has signed an agreement with the New Zealand government to purchase eight (8) McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks as well as various other equipment and accessories. This successful transaction marks the end of a great chapter in New Zealand aviation history and the beginning of a great foundation for Draken International. Draken, recognizing the increasing demand from the defense contracting industry, intends to operate the aircraft in support of Department of Defense training initiatives. The aircraft bring unique capabilities to the Contract Air Services (CAS) industry, with features such as an APG-66 radar, Heads-up-Display, HOTAS, Multi-Function Display and the NATO standard 1553 bus. Draken will also operate up to 6 buddy-store systems, enabling the Draken fleet to provide in-house aerial refueling or to provide tanker support to other probe equipped aircraft. Given these capabilities, the aircraft will be able to provide a more realistic training and threat simulation environment for a variety of roles including Air-to-Air, "Red Air", Air to Ground, JTAC/CAS, aerial refueling, research and other mission sets that demand the latest in aircraft technology. Draken International CEO Jared Isaacman states, “These aircraft represent the final and most capable evolution of the A-4 Skyhawk platform. We are all very confident in the long-term supportability, advanced avionics capabilities and economic efficiencies these aircraft will bring to the Department of Defense and the overall defense contracting industry.” In addition to the Douglas A-4K Skyhawks, the transaction includes over 20 spare engines, and an extensive inventory of spare parts, publications, life support equipment and avionics sufficient to power the fleet for decades to come. Also included are two flight simulators for cockpit procedural training and nav/attack system familiarization. Draken has already received the necessary approval from the US State Department and expects to have the aircraft operational by the first quarter of 2013.
Press Release on Draken’s NZ Aemacchi acquisition:Draken International Purchases Aermacchi MB-339 Aircraft Fleet from New Zealand Government LAKELAND, FL (July 30th, 2012) – Draken International has been selected as the winning bidder for nine (9) Aermacchi MB-339 tactical jet trainer aircraft from the New Zealand government. The MB-339 aircraft are very low time and have been exceptionally well maintained. This acquisition complements the company’s already expansive and highly capable fleet of fighter aircraft, with capabilities in all mission sets including air to air and air to ground. These nine Aermacchi MB-339s feature dual, front and rear seat Heads-Up Displays (HUD), Multi-Function Displays (MFD), the NATO Standard 1553 data bus and an F-16-style Hands On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) system. The MB-339 is specifically designed to excel in the Close Air Support (CAS), Forward Air Controller - Airborne (FAC-A) and training Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) roles. The aircraft are equipped with seven weapon station hardpoints to provide the capability to handle air-to-ground training munitions and integration with the latest generation of targeting pods. Draken International CEO Jared Isaacman states, “Draken is committed to building the most capable fleet of aircraft for our contract air services clients and this acquisition helps further our already robust capabilities. We are also very pleased to continue our long-standing positive relationship with the New Zealand government with this transaction.” This acquisition also includes an extensive inventory of spare parts, spare engines, avionics, nav/attack systems, publications and life support systems. Also included is a flight simulator for pilot familiarization and procedural training. Draken has had a team in New Zealand overseeing the disassembly, shipping and logistics operations for the MB-339 fleet for over two months. It is anticipated that the aircraft will be assembled and operational during the 4th quarter 2012.
12 DEC 2014:
22 JUN 2015: The World’s Largest Private Air Force.
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A-4N BuNo 159078 worked at IDF and BAE Systems before becoming available to Draken. NOV 2001 Pic1, Dates unknown Pic2, Pic3, Pic4 and Pic5.
DEC 2015: Draken N147EM in formation with a F-16 and a F-35 for airborne testing of the F-35.