Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA1422 is this excellent 1/72 scale diecast model of Douglas A-4H Skyhawk Serial No. 03 of 109th Valley Sqn, Israeli Air Force during the War of Attrition mainly against Egypt in 1970. On May 15, 1970 while flying A-4H #03, subject of this particular model, Colonel Dotan (nicknamed “Mr Skyhawk”) destroyed two Syrian Mig-17’s over Lebanon using Zuni air to ground rockets and 20 mm cannons. On October 18, 1973 #03 was shot down by an Egyptian SAM and the pilot, Jacob Kubik was successfully recovered. Production limited to only 900 units. The model has the 2 MiG kill markings on the fuselage port side under the cockpit. An absolute must have for any jet collector.
The first 4 of 48 Skyhawks arrived in Israel by ship on December 19, 1967 and were assigned to the 109th Valley Squadron. These aircraft didn’t have the electronics dorsal spine hump. On January 1, 1968 the first flight of the IDF A-4H Ayit (eagle) took place using A-4H BuNo. 155244 #03. This was followed by the first A-4H operational sortie on February 15, 1968. From March 1969 to August 1970 Israel was part of the “War of Attrition” with Egypt and occasionally other neighboring countries. Eventually Israel would be the largest export customer for the Skyhawk with 278 of several variants being delivered.
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”.