Douglas A-4F Skyhawk – VA-55 Warhorses, US Navy, USS Hancock, Vietnam 1972
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA1425: Douglas A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155009, VA-55, USS Hancock, Vietnam 1972. Limited to only 500 pieces. Complete with optional multiple bomb or Shrike anti Radar missile weapon loads.
Length 6.75 inches Wingspan 4.75 inches
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.
The A-4 Skyhawk was designed by Ed Heinemann from the Douglas Aircraft Corporation and first flew in 1954. Designed as a lightweight single engine attack aircraft it was consider by many to be the most famous ever built in this category. The A-4 was the pioneer of the “buddy” air-to-air refueling concept where aircraft of the same type could transfer fuel from one to the other without the use of a dedicated tanker. . A total of 2,960 A-4 aircraft were produced with the USMC retiring the last one in 1996.