Skyhawk Ventures spent eight years searching for scrapped or surplus parts, reworking, and completing the build-up and restoration of N2262Z. The forward fuselage section serves as the backbone of the original aircraft (USN BuNo 149606). This aircraft has a remarkable combat history having served multiple combat tours in Viet Nam with the VA 216 Black Diamonds” and VA-192 World Famous Golden Dragons.
There are at least two former members of the Blue Angels with Viet Nam combat log book entries for this aircraft. Lew Chatham and Rick Millson. Rick sustained combat damage, leaving a large hole in the wing, but was able to fly 149606 back aboard his ship.
Today the aircraft is in VA-86 markings to celebrate one of the owners, Lt Dan Carr’s Viet Nam service in VA-86.
Former A-4C pilots check your log books and let Skyhawk Ventures know if you ever flew this “Scooter,” bureau number 149606. The last entry in the Navy’s records was in 1970 VC-1.
The Navy operated the A-4 in both Regular Navy and Naval Reserve light attack squadrons (VA). Although the A-4’s use as a training and adversary aircraft would continue well into the 1990s, the Navy began removing the aircraft from its front line attack squadrons in 1967, with the last ones (Super Foxes of VA-55/212/164) being retired in 1976. TA-4J models belonging to the composite squadrons remained in Navy use as adversary aircraft, for combat training. These aircraft were officially retired in 2003.
The Skyhawk Ventures LLC A-4C is flown today by Larry “The Worm” Elmore. Larry has extensive A4 Skyhawk flight experience. Larry has flown the A-4“B”, “C”, “E”, “F” and the trainer version the T-A4J
Larry is a 20 year US Navy veteran with an impeccable Vietnam combat record. Larry was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and 7 Air medals.
N2262Z was the Sun n Fun 2012 Peoples Choice award winner for the Jet category. See photo with crew holding the award
|Date of Manufacture
|Bomber, Light Attack
|Douglas A-4C Skyhawk
|27 ft 6 in
|42ft 2 in
|Curtis Wright J-65-W16A
|Rate of Climb
|5,500 ft/min (w Ext tanks)
|Number of Crew
|Many static have survived this is the only true “C” currently flying
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