A4-L

On Loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation

LENGTH: 39′ 7″ Photo by Jeff Willhelm
WING SPAN: 27′ 6″
HEIGHT: 15′
EMPTY WEIGHT: 9728
MAX WEIGHT: 22500
MAX SPEED: 649 MPH

Used in Vietnam by USMC, 1965-1968

Delivery of the New A4

by Kyle Kirby

The A-4 arrived very early Thursday August 2nd, 2007. Les Chapman brought it in after sleeping on the roadside of HWY 321 near I40. Kregg went to meet him while I helped Calloway’s crew set up the crane. God Bless all the guys at CALLOWAY ERECTION! They have been there for every single aircraft we have received…all of em. They are GOOD!!!

A4 Arrival

Once the Scooter arrived it was a matter of setting up 55 gallon drums with tires on top to get the wing in place to mate it to the fuselage. As you can see, the wing was upright and we gingerly sat it down on tires so as not to bend all of the flap guides and protuberances that stuck on the trailing edge. Then we laid it down and hoisted it on the drums. After that the fuselage was hoisted up where the four wing bolts could be tightened down. There was one bolt thats shank was particularly non-cooperative. My daughters friend had a compact mirror that we used to look under the crack where the fuselage/wing wouldn’t come together. What teamwork, after about ten minutes with Jim Trexler guiding it they finally came together. That’s Kregg inside tightening everything up.

Wing Lift
Reassembly
Fuselage Lift
BoltsStabilizer Lift

The A-4 is tiny by comparison with our other jets and was really a snap to get together. I would like to thank all the guys at Profile that helped out as well as the Hickory Daily Record and Steve Ohnesorge of WBTV for always being there.

This aircraft oozes with character and has an extensive service record, with a great deal of time at Chu Lai during the Vietnam War in the hands of our good friends…the Marines!!! SEMPER FI!!! Thanks to Jim Malcolm’s email to the Skyhawk Association, we have her complete history. We have a link to their site since it is excellent and they are a great bunch who are very excited about our Skyhawk and are willing to help. What a great crowd of people the aircraft always bring together!!!

Kregg
Nose Wheel
Together Again

Here are the complete histories of BuNo 144943 & 148538 as provided by John Gabbard of the A-4 Skyhawk Association.

148538 C/N 12731 (The aircraft shown above)
25 Jul 1961 – BAR M&S – El Segundo, CA
29 Jul 1961 – NAS – NAS Alameda, CA
07 Sep 1961 – H&MS-12 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan

25 Sep 1961 – VMA-332 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
30 May 1962 – VMA-332 – Southwest Pacific
31 Aug 1962 – VMA-332 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
25 Sep 1962 – VMA-224 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
01 Oct 1963 – VMA-242 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
01 Oct 1964 – VMA-225 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
30 Nov 1964 – VMA-225 – NAS Naha, Okinawa
28 Feb 1965 – VMA-225 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
30 Sep 1965 – VMA-225 – Chu Lai, South Vietnam
30 Sep 1965 – VMA-224 – MCAS Cherry Point, NC
27 Dec 1965 – VMA-224 – Chu Lai, South Vietnam
27 Dec 1965 – VMA-311 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
27 Dec 1965 – VMA-311 – Chu Lai, South Vietnam
25 Feb 1966 – VMA-214 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
27 Jun 1966 – VMAAW-224 – MCAS Cherry Point, NC

14 Jul 1966 – VMA-211 – Chu Lai, South Vietnam
11 Sep 1966 – VMA-121 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
30 Nov 1966 – VMA-223 – Chu Lai, South Vietnam
01 Mar 1967 – VMA-311 – Chu Lai, South Vietnam
02 Jun 1966 – VMA-121 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
20 Jun 1966 – VMA-121 – MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
20 Jun 1967 – VMA-121 – Chu Lai, South Vietnam
05 Sep 1967 – VMA-211 – Chu Lai, South Vietnam
01 Dec 1967 – VMA-211 – Chu Lai, South Vietnam
08 Jun 1968 – VMA-223 – Chu Lai, South Vietnam
16 Oct 1968 – VMAAW-121 – MCAS Cherry Point, NC
17 Mar 1969 – NAS A&T – NAS Alameda, CA
18 Sep 1969 – VMAT-102 – MCAS Yuma, AZ
16 Jan 1970 – Convertl to A-4L v
11 Mar 1970 – NARTU – NAS Jacksonville, FL
12 Aug 1970 – VA-203 – NAS Jacksonville, FL
15 Mar 1971 – MARTD – NAS Jacksonville, FL
15 May 1975 – MARTD – NAS Pensacola, FL
01 Aug 1975 – MARTD – NAS Jacksonville, FL
10 Jan 1976 – VC-13 – NAS New Orleans, LA
01 Feb 1976 – VC-13 – NAS Miramar, CA
15 Dec 1976 – VA-204 – NAS Memphis, TN
04 Jan 1978 – Stricken – 3S0

Our cockpit section is from 144943:
144943 C/N 12189
25 Mar 1959 – BAR M&S – El Segundo, CA
01 Apr 1959 – VA-86 – USS Independence
30 Nov 1959 – VA-86 – NAS Oceana, VA
31 Aug 1960 – VA-86 – USS Independence
28 Feb 1961 – VA-86 – NAS Oceana, VA
31 Aug 1961 – VA-86 – USS Independence
03 Jan 1962 – VA-86 – NAS Oceana, VA
30 May 1962 – VA-86 – USS Independence
14 Aug 1962 – NAV STA – NAS Rota, Spain
04 Feb 1963 – VA-81 – NAS Oceana, VA
29 Apr 1963 – NARTU – NAS Jacksonville, FL

12 Nov 1964 – Storage – NAF Litchfield Park, AZ
11 May 1965 – O&R BUWEPR FR – NAS Quonset Point, RI

05 Jun 1965 – NAS – NAS Lemoore, CA
04 Nov 1965 – VSF-1 – NAS Alameda, CA
31 Dec 1965 – VSF-1 Det T – NAS Alameda, CA
05 Jan 1966 – VSF-1 – NAS Alameda, CA
01 Jul 1966 – VSF-1 – USS Intrepid
07 Mar 1967 – VA-216 – USS Saratoga
13 May 1967 – VA-216 – NAS Lemoore, CA

08 May 1968 – VA-125 – NAS Lemoore, CA
19 Jul 1968 – NARTU – NAS – Norfolk, VA
28 Mar 1969 – Convert to TA-4B
26 Jun 1969 – NARTU – NAS Norfolk, VA
24 Aug 1970 – NARF – NAS Norfolk, VA
25 Aug 1970 – Stricken – 4S

A-4 Connections

One of the best parts about having a local museum is that we find amazing connections between our aircraft collection and the community. These amazing connections are just another reminder of how small the world can seem at times.

The following update is from Bob Paul regarding our A-4.

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I did some research and found two pictures of CE-17 in action at Chu Lai. I’m still waiting for info from the squadron. Our A4′s were painted as pictured. The vertical tail slots were painted a dark blue as shown in the CE-3 picture. I also have included a picture of our squadron insignia. Although we did not have them during Chu Lai, they were displayed at the top of vertical stabilizer on both sides. We were known as the Vagabonds back then.
Hopefully I’ll have more to follow.

SF, Bob Paul, Plane Captain, CE-8, 7808

CHU LAI 65 (31)
CHU LAI 65 (30)
CE17_Chu_Lai
225 A4 Color Scheme