Douglas Skyraider A-1H
September 16, 2016 in Aviation
This model is the Tamya 1/48 A-1H Skyraider kit from Us Navy (USS Midway).
I got CMK complementary set (n°4017) but except internal details under the right exhaust pipes, it’s not very interesting given the complete and detailed original Tamya parts.
For wings folding, i used the dediacated Airwaves etched parts set (n° AC48-098). Parts are flat, can be doubled and it could be better to used them as template for engraving plastic card for a more realistic result.
In june 1965, this aircraft (piloted by Clint Johnson) was in formation over North Vietnam with three other Skyraiders. They received a warning message from a radar destroyer that « Bandits » had been picked up : two Mig-17, 6 o’clock, 4 miles. The Spads executed the standard split-S turns as an instinctive survival manoeuvre, and headed for the ground.
One Mig now closed the Skyraider of Lieutenant C Hartman who dumped his two 300-gallon drop tanks ; this made his Skyraider rear up and surprised the Mig pilot who had openend fire : missed ! He then pulled up and headed off to the north, apparently low on fuel.
The second Mig was of sterner stuff and attacked and the fight deteriorated into a whirling mêlée. The Mig pilot made a determined direct run at the two planes from lieutenants Greathouse and Lynne’s flight, apparently forgetting the two other Spad from Johnson and Hartman. This mistake gave Hartman and Johnson their opportunity, and they pumped out ninety and fifty rounds of 20mm respectively into the oncoming Mig at point-blank range. Its cockpit desintegrated and, at high speed, and flying straight and level, the ennemy aircraft passed between the two AD-Hs, before veering over on one wing and crashing into one of the ridges on the starboard side of the valley.
The whole battle had lasted three minutes.
(from Peter C Smith, in the book « Douglas AD Skyraider », Crowood series).
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