Thursday, October 2, 2014

Skyhawks Over 'Nam

Getting sick of A-4s yet??

Good... neither are we...

We continue our series on 'Heineman's Hot Rod' with this super-groovy shot of two VA-192 'Golden Dragons' Skyhawks doing what the A-4 did best... carrying things that go boom from 'point a' to 'point b'.

The photo was taken sometime during VA-192's two combat cruises to Vietnam as part of Carrier Air Wing 19 aboard USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31); the first from January 28th to November 21st, 1964 and the second from April 21st, 1965 to January 13th, 1966. Both jets are A-4Cs, BuNo.147804 in the foreground and 149520 trailing.

National Naval Aviation Museum

A closer look at 147804...

This jet was shot down by ground fire over South Vietnam on June 25th, 1968 while flying with VMA-223. The pilot ejected and was rescued.

National Naval Aviation Museum

And here's a closer look at 149520...

National Naval Aviation Museum

Fade to Black...

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