Blue Angels, Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
Pensacola, FL - Pensacola NAS - Naval Museum of Naval Aviation - Douglas A-4 Skyhawk - The aircraft was flown with the Blue Angels until November 1986. (Note from Tom: When the Blues began transition to the FA-18) During this period, a "universal wing" was installed on the aircraft (10-21-82). For the most part, only routine maintenance and repair was done on this aircraft, except for a rework nose landing gear on 11-18-85 at NARF Pensacola. The plane was back in service on 12-4-85.
During the tour with the Blue Angels, 154180 flew with a number of different tail numbers. Photos indicate that the plane has worn numbers 2, 3, 4, and 6. According to Gann, because this aircraft had a relatively high airframe time, it was only used in the solo (#6) position for a short time. When the Museum acquired the plane, it was painted with number 4, the configuration it retains on static display.
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