Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA1426 Douglas A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151147/CF 20, VMA-211, Chi Lai, 1968

Designed to replace the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider the Skyhawk first flew in 1954. 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”.

In September 1964 A-4E Bu.No. 151147 was delivered to the USN VA-43. It soon was transferred to VA-66 Waldos where it received the distinctive dorsal hump. In 1968 151147 transferred to VMA-211 Wake Island Avengers and stationed in Chu Lai where Marines had arrived in 1965. Home base for VMA-211 normally was Japan but between October 1965 and January 1973 they completed four tours in SEA. In 1968 in Chu Lai the aircraft was named “Apocalypse III” and flown by 1st Lt. Robert Rivers who later won a Silver Star.

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