Douglas A-4E Skyhawk – Lt. “Mick” Michell, Top Gun Movie, Jester 1985/6
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA1421; Douglas A-4E Skyhawk “Top Gun” No.55, BuNo 151095 of Lt. Michell (not Mitchell) “Mick”, USAF. Production of only 800 pieces. Hard to find
Length 6.75 inches Wingspan 4.75 inches
In an effort to improve the poor performance of USN aircrews in Vietnam the USN Fighter Weapons School was established in 1969 at NAS Miramar, California. The first aircraft used by the school to teach the F-4 pilots better tactics were the A-4 Skyhawk and the F-5 Freedom Fighters. A-4E Bu.No. 151095 s/n 55 c/n 13265 was flown by Lt. “Mick” Michell (not Mitchell) at the Top Gun School and this same aircraft was used as “Jester’s” (Michael Ironside) aircraft in the 1986 movie “Top Gun” with Tom Cruise. This aircraft was also on loan to Japan for static display and is painted as “8” of the USN “Blue Angels” even though the BA’s never flew the E variant of the A-4.
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”.