Skyhawk A4G N13-100051 (870)

This page needs more photographs and information.  If you can help by providing any images, documents, information or anecdotes please contact the Webmaster.


New Picture (70)

Brief aircraft history:

  • Delivered to RAN 08/71.
  • Unloaded from HMAS Sydney onto RAN Lighter AWL 304 at Jervis Bay 11/08/71 then by road transport to Nowra.
  • Was one of the aircraft that made up VF 805s Checkmates aerobatic team in the ’70s.
  • With VF805 13/05/74.
  • 17/7/75, collided with ‘872’ recovered to Nowra with Hydraulics failure. The hook took the arrestor gear and the nose gear collapsed.
  • Aircraft repaired. With VF805 21/10/76.
  • Crashed 23/01/79, due to turbine failure/engine fire 24Km south-east of Braidwood, NSW. 

Mid air Collision 17 July 1975

See assessment of this accident here.

Navy News article 01 August 1975

Navy_News-August-1-1975 10



Loss of Aircraft 23 January 1979

SBLT C. Tomlinson ejected and picked up by RAAF helicopter. RAN Ejection number 8.

A transcript of the accident Statements by SBLT Tomlinson (Pilot) and LCDR Kavanagh (Authorising Officer) can be read here.

Read brief excerpt from VF805 Squadron Record here.