Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA1414 A-4G Skyhawk No.805 Sqn., HMAS Melbourne, Royal Australian Navy,
June 1977

The RAN received several A-4G Skyhawks and they were assigned to VF-805 “The Checkmates” and operational training school squadron the 724 Squadron at Nowra. VF-805 was the primary combat-squadron stationed on HMAS Melbourne for operational duty and shore-based at Nowra. The RAN received A-4G at Nowra on August 11, 1971. During the early 1970’s aircraft N-13 155051 served time with the “Checkmates” aerobatic team. From April 1977 to October 1977 the aircraft was onboard HMAS Melbourne for “Spithead Deployment”. During this time aircraft 870 took part in the Greenham Common Air Tatoo as part of a static display and in July was involved in exercise “Highwood” in the North Sea.

Specifications A-4G Based on the A-4F

new ejection seat, wing lift spoilers, nose wheel steering, optional external in-flight refueling buddy tank and additional weapons options.

Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas

Type: Carrier-borne light attack fighter bomber

Number purchased: 16 Delivered: 1967

Crew: one

Weight: 10,100 lbs empty - 24,500 lbs loaded

Dimensions: Wing Span – 27 ft. 6 in. /  Length – 44 ft. /  Height – 15 ft.

Engine: 1 X Pratt & Whitney J52-P8A 9,300 lb thrust

Performance:Ceiling - 40,000 ft.Speed -  756.75 mph  ( 657.6 kts)

Range - 2,000 mi. (ferry)

Armament: Guns – 2 X 20 mm cannons 100 rounds per gun, 250lb or 500lb bombs, 2.75in or 5in rocket pods, AIM-9B Sidewinder IR AAMs