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|Size||256.5 x 177mm|
|Historical period||1954 - Today|
|Attention||Do not include paint or glue ( sold separately )|
|Content||1 plastic kit |Decals | Instructions|
The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps in the early 1950's.
The delta winged, single turbojet 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 relatively lightweight aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds (11,100 kg) and has a top speed of more than 670 miles per hour (1,080 km/h). The aircraft's five hardpoints support a variety of missiles, bombs and other munitions. It was capable of carrying a bomb load equivalent to that of a World War II-era Boeing B-17 bomber, and could deliver 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.
The A-4M is a dedicated Marine version with improved avionics and more powerful J52-P-408a engine with 11,200 lbf (50 kN) thrust, enlarged cockpit, IFF system. Later fitted with Hughes AN/ASB-19 Angle Rate Bombing System (ARBS) with TV and laser spot tracker, 158 built.
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.
20 Skyhawks, purchased by Brazil from Kuwait in 1997, paved the way for the reintroduction of a strike fighter wing to the Brazilian Navy. These fighters have proven their reliability with the air forces of countries all over the world. In a naval role they are effective recon and attack aircraft thanks to their long range and significant weapons load.
This kit from Hasegawa at 1:48 scale, is the basis for construction of the Douglas A-4KU Skyhawk, with decals to do a special marking from the Brazilian Navy A/C "Carrier SÃO PAULO VF-1" 15th anniversary.
Kit features new nose and tail parts plus special decals for the 15th anniversary of VF-1 aboard the Brazilian Navy Carrier Sao Paulo.
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