Civilians Flying Skyhawks
Skyhawk Restoration Information.
Latest information on Skyhawk Restorals. Reported by "HUN".
"Fighting Classics Restorations: Mike “Maj” McDougall’s restoration shop down at Marana Regional Airport, AZ. "Maj" put together the Pacific Aero Ventures TA-4J for Don Keating and is nearing completion of an A-4C (148597) for Mr. Fred Machado. Fred’s a Florida gentleman but is Argentinian; and the new A-4C is already in Argentine colors. He also recently acquired the Spangler/Carr A-4C (NX2262Z) bought just a while ago by the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Florida. That one, too, will be in Argentine colors soon. Both will be kept at Fighting Classics in Marana for the time being. We’ll give "Maj" and Fred a half credit for the second Charlie which "Maj" plans to have flying by the end of 2017. 1 ½ A-4C more."
FYI on privately owned Skyhawks: IF a/c is certified "Experimental Research and Development", it is in the category used for contract services, but is not allowed to fly in air-shows due to TFR. (Temporary Flight Restricted). Warbirds flown in air-shows are certified as "Experimental Exhibition".
Flying Skyhawk for Sale!
Pacific Aero Ventures LLC: Don Keating, restoration by Mike McDougal of Fighting Classics Restoration of BuNo. 158486 c/n 14291.
Don also has parts for more TA-4F/Js:
Close to Flyable AND for sale.
Brief Description: Make an offer on this TA-4J with a nearly completed restoral, zero time engine, and primed ready for your paint scheme. This is a privately owned military aircraft. Navy, BuNo 156925. The aircraft was completely inspected in 2007 and is 90% restored. The engine has been completely replaced with a new J52–P8B as of July 2005. This engine is zero (0) timed and has not flown. It was provided by an OEM-licensed supplier. The engine has been run and needs final trimming. Aircraft to be sold as-is, where-is. From Bob Fredricks.
Privately Owned Flying Skyhawks
Contracting Companies (aka "Working Birds)
Formerly reserved for Malaysia, these Skyhawks went up for sale to the civilian population for restoration to flying status, or to museums.
47 Skyhawks on this list. Original Malaysian contract undelivered = 48 ?
Skyhawks last sited 07 NOV 2015 at what we believe to be Bill Maszala’s storage facility, ATW Aviation, Inc., in Marana, AZ.
Skyhawks that were in the disposition yard(s) other than former Malaysian birds.
Cockpits for Fun
Mike Hoover is working on an early Skyhawk cockpit. PIC1
Pieces and Parts
Aviation Services Pt. Suba Manggala
158481: 2007: "The BuNo is 158481, Gabby got me the historical data on the airframe, where it was assigned, hrs, ldgs and such. Was accepted 2 Aug of 1972. I am in the process of selling the TA-4 section ......." John Slezak. [Front cockpit section only ]. Pic1; Pic2; Pic3; Pic4; Pic5; Pic6; Pic7; Pic8.
Sonoma, CA. Skyhawk pieces/parts: including tail for 153683 at Sonoma, CA.
153683-Sonoma CA Skyhawk Pieces.
On 06/14/2011 11:06 AM, David Duarte wrote: By poking around I stumbled on to your (web) site much the same as I stumbled on to a 1 1/2 acre yard in the heart of the vineyards in Sonoma California. The yard holds a very large collection of A4's in various stacks and groups of parts. canopies , tail sections, landing gear, wing sections etc. all neatly stacked as if waiting for a buyer. The location is on the corner of the roads Denmark and 8th in Sonoma. This location sounds urban by the names but it is out in the middle of the vineyard boonnies. I pass by the site often and have spoken to the apparent owner/guardian. He was cordial and polite but not very informative. I do not know if the collection is available for sale but I have seen that the inventory has changed over the years. The ship's names and units are still readable on the sides of the fuselages. The Lexington and another ship maybe the Kitty Hawk were visible on a few of the tail sections . On the next trip I'll take notes and pictures and send them on to this site if anyone is interested. 38degrees 16 minutes 41.52secs North x122degrees 26 minutes 11.89 secs West.
Fate Unknown and/or too sad to talk about
1985-1987: Advanced Aero Enterprises A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 142191, N44AV, parked on the line. Fatal crash 4 June 1987 while filming a commercial at California City, CA. Photo from W. Mutza, photographer unknown.
Variant: A-4B; Custodian: Yanks Air Museum; BuNo: 142892; Location: Yanks Air Museum; Date: 19 August 2006; Contact: G. Verver; Photo Credit: Jim Winchester; Description: A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Yanks Air Museum, 19 August 2006. Pic1; Pic2:; Pic3
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BuNo unknown: FEB 1996 - location unknown photo from Joe Cupido.
- Derelict: A-4C 145074 in rough shape. Photo from Watkins.
- 139945 and 147726 are to be cut-up for use in an art display. Location was El Mirage CA. Wrecker Yard.
two dead airframes were recently saved from becoming beer cans out of the El Mirage wreckers yard, although "saved" will be in the eye of the beholder. BuNo 139945, one of the earliest A4s ever built, was purchased along with another A4 (BuNo 147726) by artist Mike Ross and they are being transformed into a fanciful sculpture to be hung in a Seattle subway station. The transformation involves slicing the airframes into segments as if they had been run through a meat slicer set too thick, and suspending them separated from each other by a few feet in the shape of birds, painted bright pink. Hard to say if this qualifies as "on display" (and whether being made into beer cans would have been a better fate), but in the interest of completeness, there it is. See: Mike Ross Art site.
- 28 JUL 1997:
A-4A 139938 & A-4B 145000 ex U.S. Navy (Fuselage & wings on a truck) Both aircraft came from NAS Memphis, TN., and are on their way to Consolidated UAC-Aeronautics in Tucson, Arizona, fate unknown.
A-4B 145000 ex U.S. Navy (Fuselage & wings on a truck) going to Consolidated UAC-Aeronautics in Tucson, Arizona, fate unknown.
Photos from Jan Hendriksen.
- BuNo 147834 abandoned at Ft. Meade Florida, former Florida Aviation Museum Area A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147834 painted to replicate VA-153 Blue Tail Flies BuNo 148592 (shot down by AAA on 20 October 1966) was on display at the Florida Military Aviation Museum. That musuem no longer operates.
JUN 2007; JUN 2007; JUN 2007; JUN 2007; JUN 2007
- Kissimmee FL: A-4s located at the now-defunct Flying Tiger Warbird Restoration Museum in Kissimmee, FL. The museum went out of business in 2005, suffering from hurricane damage.
- Derelict BuNo 139922 at Kissimmee from Colin Wells
- Information on the BuNo's of these derelicts would be appreciated , see "Airliners.net".
- Photo of a Skyhawk located at Tom Reilly's Flying Tiger Warbird Restoration Museum in Kissimmee, FL.
After study of three separate photos (two from Tom B and the one in the ref'd website), my guess is that the 147720 BuNo is a bummer. The bird shows a flush engine air intake and no apparent fueling probe, which makes it an A model, to which someone has created a "composite" by adding an avionics hump.
AND What happend to this one formerly at Kissimmee?
A-4A dressed up as A-4L?
Aircraft: A-4A ?
Photo credit: "Boom" Powell
Description: Cindy White and unknown Skyhawk at the Flying Tiger Warbird Museum in Kissimmee, FL. said to be constructed from several different airframes.
This museum shut down aprox. Y2005 after hurricane damage.
Where is it now?
Subject: VA-44 A-4C on RR Flatcar
Date: 05/28/2015 09:34 PM
I just won this slide off of E-bay this evening (I do not have
the actual slide in hand yet, just a scan I saved).
The listing had minimal listing only that it was an "aircraft fuselage on a flatcar in Lowell, MA in 1970." I contacted the seller and they knew nothing more than their husband took the picture because he happened upon it and thought it was interesting!
My research brought me to your page (and a few others) but I could not find anything specific.
The slide was taken either on the Boston and Maine RR or the Penn Central RR (former New Haven) in Lowell but it doesn't really tell us which way the flat is going.
Looking at the picture I can see tail damage like it may have had a hard landing crumbling the fuselage near the exhaust. I also noticed near the exhaust it is stenciled "A-4C." I know "AD" on the tail is for VF/VA-44 out of Florida which was inactivated in May 1970.
Could this be from an accident earlier than 1969-70 and it only got around to being scrapped/disposed of because VA-44's inactivation and no other unit wanting it on their property books and/or the outgoing commander of VA-44 getting it scrapped as a way of getting it off the property books easier.
I just thought it was interesting that it was in Massachusetts and since it is most likely potentially scrap that it was "loaded with care." Any ideas? (I think that the buyer could have been a northern scrap yard).
[Webmaster: BuNo 145084 A-4C stricken on 29APR1969. Last service assignment was 23 OCT1967 with VA-44 at NAS Cecil Field FL. Wilfred Roberge 5/28/2015]
Marana Airport AZ Grp1 on 07NOV2015.
Marana Airport AZ Grp2 on 07NOV2015.