• Please take a moment and update your account profile. If you have an updated account profile with basic information on why you are on Air Warriors it will help other people respond to your posts. How do you update your profile you ask?

    Go here:

    Edit Account Details and Profile

Scooters Forever (A-4 Skyhawk Tribute Thread)

Uncle Fester

Robot Pimp
None
Super Moderator
Contributor
Brazil receives modernized AF-1 Scooters :cool:
So much awesome.

I don't know what the record is for an a/c type to remain in active, front-line service, but the Scoot has to be among the leaders.

Yeah, I know there's still Frescos rusting in third-world air forces, but that's hardly the same thing.
 

707guy

"You can't make this shit up..."
I don't know what the record is for an a/c type to remain in active, front-line service, but the Scoot has to be among the leaders.
My first thought was the B-52 has to be close to the Scooter so I did a little digging:

The first B-52A flew Aug. 5, 1954.
The first Skyhawk flight was on June 22, 1954.

So the Scoot is at least in front of the B-52 by about six weeks!
 

Uncle Fester

Robot Pimp
None
Super Moderator
Contributor
My first thought was the B-52 has to be close to the Scooter so I did a little digging:

The first B-52A flew Aug. 5, 1954.
The first Skyhawk flight was on June 22, 1954.

So the Scoot is at least in front of the B-52 by about six weeks!
The BUFF certainly has the record for oldest flying combat aircraft in service (as in, the actual airframes, not just the T/M/S). The B-52H ceased production in 1962 and is the only model still flying.

The Herk, Huey, P-3, and E-2 are up there too, for t/m/s still in operational service (first flights in 1954, 1956, 1958, and 1960, respectively).
 

707guy

"You can't make this shit up..."
The Herk, Huey, P-3, and E-2 are up there too, for t/m/s still in operational service (first flights in 1954, 1956, 1958, and 1960, respectively).
True. Here are a couple of shots posted by the Boneyard the last couple of days that illustrate that:
AC-130H.jpg
"Still reigning supreme after years of battlefield victories, AC-130H, Serial No. 69-6569, proudly roared into AMARG today...to rest. Nicknamed "Excalibur," for having the legendary strength of King Arthur's sword, the aircraft is said to be the last AC-130H to retire as well as the last to have served during the Vietnam War. May 28, 2015"
P-3C.jpg
"Though parking in the shadow of "Excalibur," a victorious AC-130H war horse, this P-3C, BuNo 157329, carries an extraordinary history of its own--26,000 hours and 22,000 landings! Welcome aboard! - May 28, 2015"
 

brownshoe

Well-Known Member
Contributor
The Herk, Huey, P-3, and E-2 are up there too, for t/m/s still in operational service (first flights in 1954, 1956, 1958, and 1960, respectively).
Now I DO feel old. We used to ride all over the place on 130's. Once we were heading somewhere and were sitting on those awfully uncomfortable webbed seats. We had some sea bags and other things in a pile in the middle of the cargo area which looked much more comfortable so off we went, plopped down and sprawled out a bit. Well it wasn't long before one of the 130 crew members came by and mentioned that we ought not be trying to sleep there. Well we VA guys didn't listen to that puke, after all we were attack guys. Well it wasn't long after that we hit an air pocket, sea bags and dumb attack Sailors went everywhere. Oh... and the 130 crew members just snickered the rest of the hop.
 

Griz882

Livin' On the Right Side of the River From Pags!
pilot
My father, winged in 1944, Wildcat pilot in a VC (Pacific), stayed around long enough to be a weapons test pilot on the A-4 in the early days. He always rated it as among the best craft he ever flew. He loved that machine.
 

zipmartin

Why do I keep getting messages from Hoveround?
pilot
Contributor
I was told in the VTs that this is why they always left the wing tanks on the plane.
When I was instructing at VT-22 in Kingsville in the early '80's, I witnessed a situation like this. A link on the nose gear that compressed the gear during retraction failed and the gear was stuck in the wheel well. The drops were empty, and as we all watched from the ready room, the instructor and stud made a picture perfect intentional wheels up landing on the drop tanks. The a/c was jacked up, the gear was lowered (pried out of the nose wheel well), towed to the hangar, new drops were hung, the link replaced, some minor skin repairs were made, and the a/c was flying again two days later.
 

Griz882

Livin' On the Right Side of the River From Pags!
pilot
You know, Brazil is operating a squadron of A-4's in the strike-fighter role. They were purchased from Kuwait and recently modified by Israel. They are being operated off an old French aircraft carrier.

I wonder if I picked up some Portuguese if the Brazilian Navy might be looking for a scooter driver?
 
Top