Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA1427 Douglas A-4C Skyhawk "MIG-17 Killer" BuNo 148609, VA-76
USS Bon Homme Richard, 1st May, 1967

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”.

Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 148609 c/n 12802 was delivered to VA-64 in 1961. After spending time with VA-64 and VA72 148609 was assigned to VA-76 “Spirits” in 1964 as NP-685. VA-76 was deployed to Vietnam on board the USS Bon Homme Richard when on May 1, 1967 LCDR Ted "T.R." Swartz flying 148609 shot down a MiG-17 over North Vietnam with an unguided Zuni missile making this the only time a Skyhawk scored an air-to-air victory during the Vietnam War. 148609 was lost in June 1972 after a mid-air collision.

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