Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
Douglas A-1H Skyraider
"Puff The Magic Dragon"
USS Intrepid, summer 1966
1/72 scale pre-finished.
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
All markings are pad applied for superb results.
Comes with display stand.
Landing gear can be displayed up or down.
Extremely sought after by collectors.
The A-1 Skyraider originated as a carrier-based torpedo and dive bomber. Deliveries as the AD-1
to the Navy began in November 1946 and in 1962 was renamed A-1. It was the first single-seat
torpedo/dive bomber to serve with the Navy. The primary mission of the A-1 was close air support
for ground troops because of its heavy ordnance load and accuracy. The aircraft had great
success in Korea and Vietnam. There were 3,180 Skyraiders built in seven major models and 28
different versions. There were 266 A-1s lost in Vietnam.
Some nicknames - Able Dog, Spad, Sandy, Hobo, Firefly, Zorro and "Crazy Water Buffalo," a
Douglas A-1H Skyraider 142059 was delivered to VA-125 in 1956 and served with four other
squadrons before going to the VA-165 "Boomers" in 1963. Between April 1966 and November
1966, VA-165 carried out its third and final tour of Vietnam. On board the USS Intrepid were VA-
125 and one squadron of A-4 Skyhawks. A-1H 142059 "Puff The Magic Dragon" was assigned to
Lt. Cdr "Speed" Ritzman for this period. In 1967 this aircraft was transferred to the USAF and
later to the VNAF where it was shot down in May 1968.