The Naval Fighter Weapons School (NFWS) Top Gun operated also Skyhawks with Marines titels as their opponents were not only coming from the US Navy. The desert colored A-4F is seen in close formation with a green colored NFWS A-4E. The E and F are colsely related to eachother, the F can be distinguished by the lack of a pitot tube on the tail.
A three-tone brown/two tone green colorscheme, the painters did a great job on this adversary Skyhawk of Fighter Squadron (VF) 126 Bandits. The squadron was based at Naval Air Station Miramar (CA) and supported the Pacific Fleet in their adversary needs. Fighter ONE TWO SIX was disestablished on 1 April 1994. This particular Hot Rod, as the Skyhawk was nick-named, crashed in the Pacific off coast California due to an engine failure on 6 May 1992, only weeks before it was planned to retire for service.
Two seat Skyhawk with USS Lexington (CV-16) marks on the fuselage, the once dedicated training carrier of the US Navy that qualified student aviators in seaborne operations. Since 1992, the Lexington has been docked in Corpus Christi (TX) and serves as a museum.
Operations of AF-1s on board of the Sao Paulo (A12), the former French aircraft carrier named Foch. This N-1014 was launched from the deck during the very first carrier qualifications of the type in Brazilian service. N-1014 is, like all other Brazilian Skyhawks, a former Kuwaiti Air Force aircraft.
Brazil bought several Kuwaiti Air Force A-4Kus for use at their purchased former French aircraft carrier Foch. This N-1004 was former A-4KU 807 (and assigned BuNo 160186). It was delivered to Sao Pedro da Aldeia in jan 2001 and modified for carrier use. Recently the Brazilian Skyhawks, that seldom saw sea born operations, were modified to AF-1A.
Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 "Black Sheep" started to operate with the A-4B Skyhawk in January 1962. This began a 27 year association between the Black Sheep and follow-on versions of the Skyhawk. In June 1989, the Black Sheep became the first operational squadron of AV-8B Night Attack Harrier IIs. This A-4M sits on the platform of VMA-211 at MCAS El Toro (CA).
1987 marked the final year of Skyhawks within Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 Tomcats. The squadron started to operated the Skyhawk in 1958 (A4D-2, later designated A-4B) and flew subsequently A-4E's and the final Skyhawk variant, the A-4M. This A-4M was pictured at homebase MCAS El Toro (CA). The squadron transitioned to AV-8B Harrier II in 1988 and in the near future it will swap to F-35B Lightning II.
This shot provides a direct comparison between the A-4M variant and the TA-4J Skyhawk 155081 behind. 160262 arrived at AMARG in June 93 and is stored with the Inventory No. AN3A0710, shortly followed by 155081 (AN3A0730) a couple of months later