Vietnam-Era A-4B, Skyraider to be Part of 'Salute to Veterans' at AirVenture 2010
The Skyhawk was the Navy's primary light bomber during the early years in Vietnam. The Foundation's Skyhawk is the only museum-owned, single-place example in the United States, according to museum founder Paul Wood. "The aircraft is painted to represent the A-4C piloted by Lt. Cmdr. TR Swartz," Wood explained.
Swartz is credited with the Skyhawk's only air-to-air victory during Vietnam when he used an unguided Zuni rocket to shoot down a North Vietnamese Air Force MiG 17 in May 1967. Swartz told his story during a Warbirds in Review presentation in 2009.
The museum's AD-1 Skyraider is an older version, "One of the oldest remaining Skyraiders in existence," Wood said. Its paint scheme is that of the 6th Special Operations squadron that flew in Southeast Asia during Vietnam.
Enthusiasts won't want to miss seeing it this summer, as it will contain a full complement of simulated armaments, including missiles, Daisy Cutter bombs, and Gatling gun. "We're going to use all of its 15 hard points," Wood said.
The aircraft are part of the rapidly growing list of airplanes that have been committed to the Salute to Veterans activities, which is a national partnership led by EAA, the Warbirds of America, and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Activities will take place throughout the AirVenture grounds during the week, including the concluding concert by actor Gary Sinise's "Lt. Dan Band" on Friday evening, July 30.
For more information about the Warbird Heritage Foundation, visit www.warbirdheritagefoundation.org.
Specifications: Douglas A-4B Skyhawk
Specifications: AD-1 Skyraider
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