1/72 scale pre-finished.
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
All markings are pad applied for superb results.
Comes with display stand.
Landing gear can be displayed up or down.
Extremely sought after by collectors.
The A-1 Skyraider originated as a carrier-based torpedo and dive bomber. Deliveries as
the AD-1 to the Navy began in November 1946 and in 1962 was renamed A-1. It was
the first single-seat torpedo/dive bomber to serve with the Navy. The primary mission of
the A-1 was close air support for ground troops because of its heavy ordnance load and
accuracy. The aircraft had great success in Korea and Vietnam. There were 3,180
Skyraiders built in seven major models and 28 different versions. There were 266 A-1s
lost in Vietnam.
Some nicknames - Able Dog, Spad, Sandy, Hobo, Firefly, Zorro and "Crazy Water
Buffalo," a VNAF nickname.
In October 1965 to commemorate dropping the six millionth pound of ordnance in
Vietnam Navy CDR Clarence Stoddard of VA-25 flying an A-1H “Paper Tiger II” carried
a special weapon, a damaged toilet. It was placed in a makeshift rack under the right
wing and code named Sani-Flush. Stoddard began a dive and released the load. The
wind caught it and it just missed a second aircraft. This made for a lot of jokes about
using germ warfare. In September 1966 flying 572 CDR C. W. Stoddard was shot down
and killed by a SAM.
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