Association Membership

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You, Too, Can Join the Skyhawk Association

The Skyhawk Association is a non-profit organization founded by former Skyhawk Pilots which is open to anyone with an affinity for the A-4 Skyhawk. We welcome all ages, male and female, pilots, maintenance personnel, modelers and photographers, aviation historians, aviation enthusiasts; anyone with a love for "Heinemann's Hot-Rod". Join those that flew and repaired her in recognizing the Skyhawk's contribution to freedom.

This page is dedicated to
LCDR Ted "T.R." Swartz, USN

Please read about him below.

 


Membership privileges are:

  • The Skyhawk Association Journal. Enjoy twenty-plus pages of color photos, accounts of unforgettable sorties, and current association happenings.
  • Access to the "Skyhawk Association Ready Room" where you will find "Members Only" data such as the association roster, A-4 aircraft histories, private photo galleries, past journals, and more.
  • For new members; a membership card, association patch and decals.
  • The enjoyment of meeting fellow Skyhawkers at the Association's Annual Organizational Meeting (typically at the Tailhook Convention in Reno), as well as other Association gatherings around the country.

Membership Options

USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands mailing address.
[Journal delivered by postal mail.]

$30.00 USD per year
or
$75.00 USD for three years.
International (Outside of USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands mailing address.)
[Journal delivered by postal mail.]

$35 USD for one year
or
$90 USD for three years
International Membership with internet accessed Journal.
[Full membership without the hard copy of the journal. Journal is viewable in the Association Internet Ready Room.]
$18.00 USD for one year
or
$45.00 USD for three years.

 

"How to Join/Renew" Options
JOIN/RENEW USING PAYPAL "Click Here" to pick your desired PayPal payment option. See the next column for mailing your payment. TO JOIN
Send information which will include
*Your full name
*Mailing address
*Telephone number
*(If applicable) E-mail address
*(If applicable) Preferred nickname or call sign.
*(If applicable) Identification of Skyhawk Unit(s) with which you served with dates. If you have A-4 time, include hours and traps.
*Any comments on why you love the Skyhawk.

Send check to:
Secretary, Skyhawk Association
2421 Clubside Drive
Beavercreek, OH 45431-2503


This Skyhawk Association website page is dedicated to a Skyhawk MiG Killer,
LCDR Ted "T.R." Swartz, USN
AIR MEDAL
On May 1, 1967, VA-76 "Spirit" A-4C Skyhawk, BuNo. 148609, side number NP-685, from USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31, was piloted by Lieutenant Commander Ted "T.R." Swartz. "T.R." was about to make an air-to-ground missile attack on North Vietnam's Kep Airfield, north of Hanoi.
The Skyhawk was armed with 5" ZUNI rockets designed for beating up ground targets. An unguided weapon, the ZUNI, when fired, went more or less where the pilot aimed it.
As "T.R." began his roll-in to attack the target, his wingman alerted him to a pair of enemy MiG-17 Fresco fighters, moving in to attack at Swartz's 6 o'clock position. The intrepid Skyhawk driver wanted nothing to do with THAT game, so he aborted his target run and pulled his aircraft into a defensive high "G" barrel roll. The unexpected maneuver caused the attacking MiGs to over-shoot and Swartz slid into their 6 o'clock position.

WHOOOOOOOM!!; Swartz pickled a salvo of ZUNI rockets from beneath his Skyhawk wings and, seconds later, was amazed to see one of his ZUNIs hit one of the MiGs, which disintegrated in a ball of flame. SPLASH ONE MiG!
T.R. Swartz returned safely to USS Bon Homme Richard that day, his action marking the first, and only, shoot-down of an enemy aircraft by a Skyhawk during the Vietnam War.

The Experimental Aircraft Association displays an accurate replica of LCDR "T.R." Swartz's A-4C at Wittman Field, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The replica is actually A-4B BuNo.142112, originally owned by the Combat Jets Flying Museum of Houston, Texas, and was flown on the air-show circuit for several years before being donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association about 1994.

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