Skyhawk A4G N13-154903 (882)

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Image: John Bartels.

Brief History:

First flight July 19, 1967 piloted by Douglas Aircraft test pilot Jim Stegman at Long Beach California.
Accepted July 26, 1967 in a ceremony at the Douglas plant, were it was displayed with four Sidewinders mounted under the wings.
Delivered to RAN 11/67.
Unloaded from HMAS Melbourne onto Navy barge in Jervis Bay 23/11/67 then by road to Nowra.
Withdrawn from RAN service 30/06/83 and stored for sale.
To RNZAF 07/84 as NZ6211. Converted to A4-K specification. Later upgraded under Project Kahu
See New Zealand Skyhawk page for RNZAF service history.
Crashed 16/02/01, Nowra NSW.  Was practicing air show routine of barrel roll with NZ6213 while Buddy refuelling hooked up. Sqn Leader Murray Neilson was killed. NZ6213 landed safely.



For analysis of this accident, click here.


Note: Fleet Air Arm Museum Skyhawk, ex-USN A-4B Bu No. 142871 (left) was repainted to represent Skyhawk 882 in 2007. 
It is currently on display in this scheme.  This airframe was never owned by the RAN.