Photos Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, The Venerable "Scooter"

A-4C Skyhawk (BuNo 145143) from Attack Squadron VA-172 Blue Bolts is fully armed with bombs on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) off Vietnam in 1966. Terry Johnson ADJ3
Thanks to @Conhoon

Two Douglas A-4C Skyhawk of Attack Squadron 146 (VA-146) "Blue Diamonds" fly past the anti-submarine aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge (CVS-33).

VA-146 was deployed as part of Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) on board the USS Constellation (CVA-64) to the Western Pacific and Vietnam from 5 May 1964 to 1 February 1965. Planes of CVW-14 took part in the August 1964 strikes against North Vietnamese PT-boat bases as a result of the Tonkin Gulf Incident. One of the aircraft in the photo was later converted to the A-4L standard and in 1982 sold to Malaysia as a A-4PTM.
Colorized by Gavin
A-4G Skyhawk lands on the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) in 1980

RAN Code 876:
Served in Vietnam on USS Ranger with VA-155 26/10/68 - 17/05/69,
On USS Hancock with VA-212 02/08/69 - 15/04/70.
Delivered to RAN 08/71.
Unloaded from HMAS Sydney onto RAN Lighter AWL 304 at Jervis Bay 11/08/71 then by road transport to Nowra.
With VF805 13/05/74.
With VF805 21/10/76.
On board HMAS Melbourne, 'Spithead Deployment' 28/04/77 to 04/10/77 with VF805.
Exercise 'Highwood' 5-20 July '77, North Sea.
Ex. Tasmanex '79, launched from Melbourne August 7 and landed at RNZAF Ohakea, based out of there until August 17 when landed back on the Melbourne.
Onboard Melbourne for Ex. Kangaroo 3.
Onboard Melbourne for Ex. Sandgroper '80 (25 August - 5 September 1980) off WA coast.
Withdrawn from RAN service 30/06/83 and stored for sale.
To RNZAF 07/84 as NZ6217,
Converted to A4-K specification. Later upgraded under Project Kahu
See New Zealand Skyhawk page for RNZAF service history
2012 sold to Draken International. Lakeland, Florida USA.
1/03/2013 registered as N146EM.
AF-1 Falcão (A-4 Skyhawk) launching from aircraft carrier São Paulo. September 2002

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