Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
A-4E Skyhawk 149959, VA-163 "John McCain III"
MK.82, Bullpup Missiles and a large base plate
A-4E Skyhawk Specifications

1 x Pratt & Whitney J52-P-6A turbojet, 8500 lb. Thrust

Max speed 673 mph at sea level with a clean aircraft
636 mph at sea level with a Mk. 28 nuclear weapon
Cruising speed 498 mph
Stall speed 139 mph
Combat ceiling (clean aircraft) 40,500 feet
Runway to 20,000 ft – 4 minutes

Flight distances:
230 miles with a Mk. 28 weapon
680 miles with 2  300-gallon drop tanks
Ferry range 2130 miles

Wingspan 27 ft 6 in
Length 41ft 4 in
Height 15 ft
Wing area 260 sq ft

9,624 lb. Empty
18,300 lbs. Gross
22,950 lbs. Maximum

2 x 20 mm cannon with 200 rounds/gun
Maximum weapons load 8,200 lbs. carried on 5 pylons - 2 pylons under each wing and 1
center-line pylon
True 1/72 scale
Professionally painted
Great attention to detail
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied)
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions
Mk.82 and Bullpup Missiles provided
Canopy can be displayed open or closed
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic
Highly collectable
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Developed to replace the A-1 Skyraider the A-4 Skyhawk was extremely lightweight
maneuverable inexpensive and didn’t need folding wings. One of the upgrades saw 499 A-4E’s
built, some received a lighter weight 8,500 lb thrust engine and some late production planes had
the 9,300 lb thrust engines as well as an upper fuselage “hump back” avionics pod added. All had
one hard point added under each wing, re-designed center fuselage, air intakes, and airframe
strengthening with bomb and navigation upgrades. Dubbed; “The Little Plane That Could”.

In July 1967 John Sidney McCain III survived a deck explosion and fire on the USS Forrestal that
killed 134. He then joined the USS Oriskany VA-163 Saints and in October 1967 his A-4E
Skyhawk was shot down over Vietnam. Released after 5 1/2 years in prison John retired from the
military in 1981 and was elected as a Congressman in 1982 and Senator in 1986. John McCain
was considered a national hero and great statesman and when he died in 2018 John McCain he
was given a state funeral usually reserved for U.S. Presidents and U.S. Supreme Court Justices.