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Length: 6.67"

Wingspan 4.5"

Prepainted Diecast Metal Model

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    Item #: HA1427
    Hobby Master Diecast Airplanes
    Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
    HA1427
    Douglas A-4C Skyhawk "MIG-17 Killer"
    BuNo 148609, VA-76, USS Bon Homme Richard,
    1st May, 1967

    True 1/72 scale
    Professionally painted
    Great attention to detail
    All markings are Tampoed (pad applied)
    Option to display the model on a stand that is provided
    Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions
    Optional armament has been provided
    Canopy displays open or closed
    Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic
    Highly collectable

    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".

    Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 148609 c/n 12802 was delivered to VA-64 in 1961. After
    spending time with VA-64 and VA72 148609 was assigned to VA-76 "Spirits" in 1964 as
    NP-685. VA-76 was deployed to Vietnam on board the USS Bon Homme Richard when
    on May 1, 1967 LCDR Ted "T.R." Swartz flying 148609 shot down a MiG-17 over
    North Vietnam with an unguided Zuni missile making this the only time a Skyhawk scored
    an air-to-air victory during the Vietnam War. 148609 was lost in June 1972 after a mid-air
    collision.