NZ6256 was one of 24 Skyhawks operated by the RNZAF between 1970 and 2001, and this particular aircraft was a two seater that was purchased second-hand from the Royal Australian Navy in 1984. Originally a TA-4G, upon arrival in New Zealand it was converted to a TA-4K model, and joined No. 2 Squadron at Ohakea in 1985.
Skyhawk NZ6256 was rolled-out of the RNZAF Base Ohakea paintshop on the 14th of December 1986 resplendent in its gold scheme with the and red, white and blue stripes.
On the 1st and 2nd of April 1987 there were 50th anniversary flights made by the RNZAF over much of the country, including a diamond nine formation of Skyhawks over RNZAF Base Wigram on the 1st, while NZ6256 was on the ground at Wigram for the crowd to admire.