Skyhawk Restoration Information


IF you come across an A-4 Skyhawk that is more than a static display, please submit, Aircraft BuNo (Customers Serial Number), MSN (Manufacturers Serial Number aka construction number or c/n) Current Owner and Location, Date Acquired, Purpose (i.e., Statc Display or Return to Flight Status), Estimated Completion Date, and Full Name and E-Mail Address of contact individual. Additional data and current photos are welcome. Submit data to

QUESTION: Where may I obtain low/no-cost A-4 Skyhawk replacement parts and pieces?
ANSWER:Sales and procurement of surplus US military aircraft are handled by AMARC (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center) at Davis-Monthan Air Base, near Tucson, AZ.  Information on AMARC and how to do business with them can be found at AMARC Experience.

QUESTION: Where may I purchase parts for an A-4 Skyhawk I am restoring or maintaining?
ANSWER:Derco Aerospace, Inc., 8000 West Tower Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53223, and Kitco, Inc., P.O. Box 900, 1625 N. Mtn. Springs Pkwy, Springville, UT 84663, are licensed by Boeing to provide A-4 Skyhawk spare parts, technical drawings, and other manufacturing process data.

QUESTION:How can I obtain an A-4 Skyhawk for restoration or display?
ANSWER:Information on such items is best obtained via communication with other individuals or organizations (air museums, etc.) who have already been through that hoop. Static displays can be found in the "Display Page", [Skyhawks - Displays], see the page top menu.


From Porter Spangler:"The US Navy serial numbers are different than the civilian FAA serial number. The FAA SN was issued along with the N number when the airplane was registered by the FAA as a civilian A4. I have no idea how the FAA generated that number. I tried to get it registered as N149606Z or a variation on that but was unable to get that number. There is no connection between the BU numbers issued by the Navy and the FAA numbers. The Bu Number is only important for historical purposes. The BU Number for the forward section never changes. If a forward section was damaged beyond repair then after removing all usable parts it was scrapped and the BU Number and serial number that was on the forward section was then removed from the Navy’s records. The SN and Bu No 149606 was set at the time of manufacture according to the Douglas production contract. The Navy BU Number and serial number are found on the aircraft data plate which is riveted to the forward fuselage on the left side canted bulkhead behind the pilot seat (right side facing aft). The wing and tail did come from two other aircraft as you identified them. However the wing and aft fuselage do not have data plates with serial numbers or Bu numbers. They are considered simply as airframe parts or part assemblies and will have a part number or assembly number stamped on the them. The forward fuselage also has a part number. Those assemblies were often changed out in the fleet based on battle damage and the need for having flyable aircraft up and ready (unusable parts were pushed overboard). The BU Number and serial number represent the entire aircraft regardless of whether some of the individual parts or assemblies were replaced from a parts depot or other damaged and non airworthy aircraft. I was able to identify the aircraft BU Numbers for the aircraft that the tail and wing came from because we purchased them with the BU Number painted on the tail section. The wing was a little more speculative as it was removed from the forward fuselage by the seller and they identified that aircrafts BU Number for me. The aft fuselage did not have a rudder, horizontal stabilizer, speed brakes and elevators when I purchased it. Those parts were all from other aircraft. The aft fuselage had the Bu Number from the last A4 that it was attached to painted on its side. The same applies to the wing. There were no ailerons, landing gear, gear doors, flaps or slats on the wing when I purchased it. I purchased those separately also and there is no record of the completed A4 BU Numbers that they came from. They were purchased by part number which insured that they were “Charlie” parts. I have been told that there are very few A4s anywhere that have all of the original parts still attached that were there when the aircraft rolled off the assembly line. There are many reasons for that including Life limits for the individual parts. When a part reached its life limit then it was replaced and the part was then remanufactured by a NARF and put back on other aircraft. So it is not at all unusual for 149606 to have many parts from many other aircraft after all of these years. Most of the limits were based on such things as the number of arrested landings, flight hours, and hard landings."

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