Douglas A-4B Skyhawk 11 – VA-106 Gladiators, US Navy 1960s Displayed
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Hobby master 1/72 scale HA1402: A-4B Skyhawk in the livery of VA-106 “The Gladiators, US Navy. Production of 3,299 pieces.
Length 6.75 inches Wingspan 4.75 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Model has previously been on display. Please do not purchase if you want a perfect example.
The first US Navy A-4 Skyhawk entered service with the US Navy in the mid 1950s to replace the A-1 Skyraider. VA-106 started as Strike-Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX in January 1945 but became VA-106 “The Gladiators” in 1955. A total of 542 A-4B Skyhawks were manufactured, many of which were later modified and/or refurbished and sold to foreign countries. The Skyhawk flew more missions than any other US Navy plane during the Vietnam War and because it was so nimble it was chosen by the US Navy aerobatic team the “Blue Angels”.The A-4 Skyhawk is one of the most successful attack aircrafts ever built. This smallest jet aircraft ever deployed on a carrier was the product of Douglas ‘s Chief Engineer Ed Heinnemann in the 1952. This was the time when a more lightweight aircraft was in demand to fit into those post-war vintage carriers.
The Skyhawk was extensively used during the Cold War period and the Vietnam War by the Navy and the Marines. Because of its small size and powerful performance, the A-4 was also known as the “Heinnemann’s Hot Rod”. A total of 2,960 of Skyhawk were built and many of them were exported to other countries.
The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a carrier-capable ground-attack aircraft designed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The delta winged, single-engined Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later McDonnell Douglas. It was originally designated the A4D under the U.S. Navy’s pre-1962 designation system.
The A-4 is a compact, light-weight design with a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds (11,100 kg). With a top speed of more than 600 miles per hour (970 km/h), its performance is compromised by its small size. The aircraft’s five hardpoints support a variety of missiles, bombs and other munitions. Prior to the A-4E, power was supplied by the Wright J65; with the A-4E, the installed engine became the 9,300-pounds force (41 kN) Pratt & Whitney J52.
Skyhawks played key roles in the Vietnam War, the Yom Kippur War, and the Falklands War. Fifty years after the aircraft’s first flight, some of the nearly 3,000 produced remain in service with several air arms around the world, including 12 A-4(9 A-4KU and 3 TA-4KU) that are been modernized (and scheduled to operate up to 2025) for Brazilian Navy’s aircraft carrier, São Paulo.