Hobby Master 1-72 A-4 Air Power
HA1425 Douglas A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155009, VA-55, USS Hancock, Vietnam 1972

In 1965 the order went out to produce the Douglas Skyhawk A-4F variant that was similar to the A-4E but with improvements. A-4F 155009 C/N 13825 was delivered to VA-55 “Warhorses” in 1968. In April 1972 the “Warhorses” were involved Operation Freedom Train that was air sorties against targets in the southern portion of North Vietnam. In May 1972 the unit took part in Operation Linebacker that was a very heavy concentration of air strikes again North Vietnam with the hope of bringing North Vietnam to the negotiating table.

Douglas A-4F BuNo. 155009 C/N 13825 was manufactured in 1968 and delivered to VA-55 “Warhorses” where it remained until 1973 when it was transferred to VA212 “Rampant Raiders”. In 1974 the aircraft spent a brief period with VA127 “Desert Bogeys” before returning to the VA212 the same year. In 1975 the aircraft went to VMA-133 for the next 3 years and in 1978 it belonged to H&MS-42 Flying Gators. From 1980 - 87 the aircraft returned to VMA-133 1990 and eventually to VFC-12.

Type: Carrier based, single-seat attack bomber
Total number of "F" variant manufactured: 147
Length: 40 ft 1 in (12.22 m) Height: 15 ft 2 in (4.62 m) Wingspan: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m) Wing area: 260 sq. ft (24.15 m2 )
Empty Weight: 9,853 lbs. (4,469.24 kg) Gross Weight: 16,216 lbs. (7,355.45 kg) Maximum Weight: 24,500 lbs. (11,113.013 kg)
Powerplant: 1 X Pratt & Whitney J52-P-408 Thrust-lb: 11,200 lbs. (5080.2345 kg)
Range: 2,000 miles (3,218.688 km) Max. Speed: 646 mph (1,039.6362 kph) Ceiling: 40,000 ft (1,2192 m)
5 X hard points capable of carrying a maximum 10,000-lbs. 2 X 20mm cannon in wings with 100 rounds per gun.