1:72 Scale Diecast Metal Douglas A-4 Skyhawk VF-805, HMAS Melbourne, 1980 – Length: 8" Wingspan: 5.25”
This model is single seat and includes a pilot figure. The landing gear is optional, one can select to display the landing gear in its extended position or to cover the wheel wells as in the inflight position. There are a number of optional attachments for the wings and the internal bay. A display stand is included.
Items like the landing gear and wing attachments need to be assembled in place, however, no glue is needed. These pieces are small and fragile, care and patience is needed.
This is not a toy, it is a display model recommended for 14 and older.
The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The delta winged, single-engined Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later by McDonnell Douglas. It was originally designated A4D under the U.S. Navy's pre-1962 designation system.
The Skyhawk is a lightweight aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds (11,100 kg) and has a top speed of more than 600 miles per hour (970 km/h). The aircraft's five hardpoints support a variety of missiles, bombs and other munitions and were capable of delivering nuclear weapons using a low altitude bombing system and a "loft" delivery technique. The A-4 was originally powered by the Wright J65 turbojet engine; from the A-4E onwards, the Pratt & Whitney J52 was used.
Skyhawks played key roles in the Vietnam War, the Yom Kippur War, and the Falklands War. Sixty years after the aircraft's first flight, some of the nearly 3,000 produced remain in service with several air arms around the world, including from the Brazilian Navy's aircraft carrier, São Paulo.