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The United States sold a total of 20 Skyhawks to Australia for the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm.
Eight new A-4Fs and two new TA-4Fs were delivered in 1967. The Australian Skyhawks were designated A-4G and TA-4G. These Skyhawks were delivered via HMAS Melbourne, which loaded them, and some S-2 Tracker aircraft, during a visit to San Francisco.
The remaining 10 aircraft (eight refurbished A-4Fs and two refurbished TA-4Fs) were delivered in 1971. They were transported from San Diego U.S.A. to Australia via HMAS Sydney (ex-cxr, now transport) and arrived there in AUG 1971.


In 1982, Australia's only remaining aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne, was retired from service and, shortly thereafter, the remaining RAN Skyhawks were sold to New Zealand.

Douglas Poster courtesy of Gary Verver

Delivered NOV 1967
154903 = A-4G #882 transferred JUL 1984 to RNZAF
154904 = A-4G #883 transferred JUL 1984 to RNZAF
154905 = A-4G #884 transferred JUL 1984 to RNZAF
154906 = A-4G #885
154907 = A-4G #886 lost at sea 24 SEP 1979
154908 = A-4G #887 transferred JUL 1984 to RNZAF
154909 = A-4G #888 crashed 23 MAY 1979
154910 = A-4G #889
154911 = TA-4G #880 transferred JUL 1984 to RNZAF
154912 = TA-4G #881 transferred JUL 1984 to RNZAF
Delivered AUG 1971
154647 = TA-4G #878
154648 = TA-4G #879 crashed 16 MAY 1974
155051 = A-4G #870
155052 = A-4G #871 transferred JUL 1984 to RNZAF
155055 = A-4G #872 crashed 17 JUL 1975
155060 = A-4G #873
155061 = A-4G #874 transferred JUL 1984 to RNZAF
155062 = A-4G #875
155063 = A-4G #876 transferred JUL 1984 to RNZAF
155069 = A-4G #877 transferred JUL 1984 to RNZAF


724 Squadron

VF-805
The Australian Connection by Evan Burton

RAN FAA OSF Class Pictures
RAN Aircraft Markings

"Rook" Paint Scheme





Above two photos are from Phillip Thompson, former RAN Skyhawk Aviator.


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