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Hobby Master A-4 Skyhawk VA-144 USS Kitty Hawk 1960s 1/72 HA1423

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 Hobby Master Douglas A-4C  Skyhawk  BuNo 148566  VA-144  "Roadrunners" USS Kitty Hawk 1960s 1/72 scale diecast metal and plastic parts.  Fully assembled. HA1423

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.
Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 148566 had a short but busy career. In October 1961 the aircraft was first assigned to VA-22 as NE-310 until 1963 when it became NE-230. For a short period in 1965 the aircraft was assigned to NAS Atsugi, Japan as 8A-xx and later that year was re-assigned to VA-144 "Roadrunners" as NH-302 operating from the USS Kitty Hawk until part way through 1967 it once again went to NAS Atsugi, Japan with an 8A-xx number and shortly there after was assigned to VA-34 "Blue Blasters" as AK-314. On November 7, 1967 this aircraft was lost to NVA AAA and the pilot was rescued.

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