Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA1416 Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) BuNo. 145013, VA-15, USS Intrepid, 1967

Designed as a lightweight low-cost attack and ground support jet for the US Navy and eventually the USMC to replace the A-1 Skyraider the A-4 Skyhawk was first delivered in late 1956. It weighed less than half the Navy’s requirements and small enough not to need folding wings for carrier operations. The Navy started replacing the A-4 in 1967 with the A-7 Corsair II but production continued until 1979 when the Marines started to replace the A-4 with the Harrier. More than ten other countries flew the A-4.

On August 2, 1948 VA-2A was re-designated VA-15 (Attack Squadron Fifteen). VA-15 “Valions” spent two tours in Vietnam, one in 1966 and again from May 11, 1967 to December 30, 1967, both times aboard CVS 11 USS Intrepid. In December 1966 VA-15 began to transition to the A-4C Skyhawk but several A-4Bs also made the second tour. A-4B BuNo 145013 was one of the aircraft assigned to USS Intrepid. On June 1, 1969 VA-15 was disestablished and merged with VA67. On June 2, 1969 the new combined unit was re-assigned VA-15 and adopted the Valions name and insignia.

Technical Specifications A-4B
Wing Span: 27 ft 6 in
Length: 39 ft 5 in
Height: 15 ft
Weight: 20,000 lbs (loaded)
Maximum Speed: 664 mph
Service Ceiling: 47,900 ft
Range: 1,160 miles
Engines: 1 Wright J65-W-20 turbojet, 8,400 lbs thrust
Crew: 1