Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA1418 Douglas A-4K Skyhawk Kahu Composite Sqn, RNZAF, Ohakea AFB,
New Zealand 1997

Designed to replace the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider the Skyhawk first flew in 1954. Its small size was a radical departure from the normal “Big” thinking of the time. The USN first took delivery in late 1956 with the USMC receiving theirs 3 months later. Over the years many nicknames were used, “Tinker Toy”, “Heinemann’s Hotrod” (the designer was Ed Heinemann), with the E and F models labeled the “Camel” because of the electronics hump along the dorsal. Probably the most well known nickname used for the 2,960 A-4’s that were produced is “Scooter”.

During WWII the no. 75 Squadron was an RAF Bomber Squadron mostly manned by New Zealanders. When the war ended the 75 Squadron title was gifted to New Zealand for all the achievements they performed during WWII. Post WWII the No. 75 Squadron reformed at RNZAF Base Ohakea. In 1970 ten A-4 Skyhawks were purchased and allocated to No. 75 Squadron making it the RNZAF primary attack squadron. Aircraft NZ-6201 was given the USN BuNo. 157904 for administrative purposes and assigned an RNZAF serial of NZ-201. NZ-201 was the first New Zealand A-4K produced. The A-4s were removed from service in 2001 when No. 75 Squadron was disbanded.

Specifications McDonnell Douglas A-4C
Crew – 1 Pilot
Length – 40ft 3in Wingspan – 27ft 6in Height – 14ft 11in
Weight Empty – 10,450 lbs Loaded – 18,300 lbs Gross – 24,500 lbs
Performance Powerplant – 1 x Wright J-65-W-20 non-afterburning turbojet, 8,200 lbs. of thrust Maximum Speed – 673 mph Combat Radius – 1,000 miles
Ferry Range – 2,130 miles
Service Ceiling – 42,250 ft
Maximum Rate of Climb – 8,440 ft/min