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Withdrawn from RAN service 30/06/83 and stored for sale.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.


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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.