Hobby Master 1-72 A-4 Air Power
HA1423 Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 148566, VA-144 "Roadrunners", USS Kitty Hawk, 1960s

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”.

Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 148566 had a short but busy career. In October 1961 the aircraft was first assigned to VA-22 as NE-310 until 1963 when it became NE-230. For a short period in 1965 the aircraft was assigned to NAS Atsugi, Japan as 8A-xx and later that year was re-assigned to VA-144 “Roadrunners” as NH-302 operating from the USS Kitty Hawk until part way through 1967 it once again went to NAS Atsugi, Japan with an 8A-xx number and shortly there after was assigned to VA-34 “Blue Blasters” as AK-314. On November 7, 1967 this aircraft was lost to NVA AAA and the pilot was rescued.

Specifications McDonnell Douglas A-4C
Crew – 1 Pilot
Length – 40ft 3in Wingspan – 27ft 6in Height – 14ft 11in
Empty – 10,450 lbs Loaded – 18,300 lbs Gross – 24,500 lbs
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