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USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VMA-211 "Wake Island Avengers", Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1969 (1:72 Scale)
USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VMA-211 "Wake Island Avengers", Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1969

Hobby Master USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VMA-211 "Wake Island Avengers", Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1969




 
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Hobby Master HA1426 USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VMA-211 "Wake Island Avengers", Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1969 (1:72 Scale) "Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam."
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The A-4 Skyhawk is an attack aircraft originally designed to operate from United States Navy aircraft carriers. Fifty years after the type's first flight, some of the nearly 3,000 Skyhawks produced remain in service with smaller air arms around the world. The aircraft was formerly the A4D Skyhawk, and was designed by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, later McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing.

The Skyhawk was designed by Douglas' Ed Heinemann in response to a U.S. Navy call for a jet-powered attack aircraft to replace the A-1 Skyraider. Heinemann opted for a design that would minimize size, weight, and complexity. The result was an aircraft that weighed only half of the Navy's specification and had a wing so compact that it did not need to be folded for carrier stowage. The diminutive Skyhawk soon received the nicknames "Scooter", "Bantam Bomber", "Tinker Toy Bomber", and, on account of its nimble performance, "Heinemann's Hot-Rod."

The Navy issued a contract for the type on June 12th, 1952, and the first prototype first flew on June 22nd, 1954. Deliveries to Navy and U.S. Marine Corps squadrons commenced in late 1956.

The Skyhawk remained in production until 1975, with a total of 2,960 aircraft built, including 555 two-seat trainers. The US Navy began removing the aircraft from its front-line squadrons in 1967, with the last retiring in 1975. The Marines would pass on the A-7 Corsair II. The last USMC Skyhawk was delivered in 1979, and were used until the mid-1990s until they were replaced by the similarly small, but V/STOL vertical landing AV-8 Harrier.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk attack aircraft that was attached to VMA-211 "Wake Island Avengers", then deployed to Chu Lai, Vietnam, during 1969. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 4-3/4-inches
Length: 6-3/4-inches

Release Date: June 2016

Historical Account: "Wake Island Avengers" - Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) is a United States Marine Corps attack squadron consisting of AV-8B Harrier (V/STOL) jets. Known as the "Wake Island Avengers" and the "Bastion Defenders," the squadron is based at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 13 (MAG-13) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).

In September 2012, while VMA-211 was deployed to Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked and destroyed several of the squadron's Harrier aircraft. Despite being armed with only a handgun, the squadron's commander, Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, lead a counterattack against the Taliban insurgents, but was killed by an explosion.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Comes with pilot figure
  • Comes with display stand

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