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Royal Malaysian Air Force

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Eighty-eight surplus Skyhawks were contracted for purchase from the United States in 1982, for use by the Royal Malaysian Air Force. The Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM, or Royal Malaysian Air Force) ordered 88 A-4s (25 A-4Cs and 63 A-4Ls), delivery starting in 1984.. The TUDM wanted these planes refurbished into 54 single-seaters and 14 two-seaters. The aircraft were designated A-4/TA-4PTM (Peculiar To Malaysia was a moniker attached in the U.S., "PTM" does have a meaning in Malaysia).

It has been stated that only 40 PTM Skyhawks (other sources say 35), 34 single seat versions and six two-seat trainers, were delivered. The six two seat trainers were converted from single seat versions and look similar to TA-4F. The remainder were kept in storage in the United States due to "issues", and then latter other buyers were sought.
Y2011 update: Many of the stored Skyhawks have now gone to museums and to restorers who intend to fly them.

From Sean Campbell, who worked on the conversion to PTM:
"I happened upon your website. I worked for Grumman on the A-4 PTM project. The 38 or so single seaters were completely restored at the Grumman facility in St. Augustine, Florida with Joe Walters as President. The two operational trainers were stretched at Grumman Beth Page on Long Island, New York. These modified forward sections were then shipped to St. Augustine for assembly.
You know, for some reason I only remember delivering 2 trainers, but the photo of this trainer was the contract completion photo. The TA-4 is clearly numbered #6. You can just see the top of my head and dark sunglasses just below the DANGER stencil on the intake. In the aircraft #40 image you can see me standing center right, next to the man in the plaid red jacket. The man kneeling front center in the flight jacket is the Malaysian Air Force Test Pilot, Major Mohammed Alwi. The photos include members of the Malaysian Government and Air Force. I no longer remember their names, but I worked closely with them. In photo 193, I'm standing far left in the TA-4 photo. The other image is #40 in the paint hangar."
Sean Campbell

September 24, 1985:
Lt. Udara Khiril ejected safely when his RMAF Sixth Squadron A-4PTM Skyhawk (unknown BuNo) skidded off the runway while trying to land at the Royal Malaysian Air Base in Kauntan while on a routine circuit and landing exercise today.
New Straits Times, Tuesday, 24 September 1985.

June 24, 1988:
Lt. Wahi Anuar Mat Amin is still missing after his A-4PTM Skyhawk (unknown BuNo) crashed in the South China Sea on June 24 while on a training flight from Labuan to Kuantan. New Straits Times, October 1, 1988.

October 4, 1988:
An unidentified pilot ejected safely when his A-4PTM Skyhawk crashed in the South China Sea. It was the second A-4PTM Skyhawk crash in less than a week and the fifth since 1984 and as a result the remaining 35 Skyhawks have been grounded for checks.
Williamson Daily News, October 4, 1988.

August 15, 1990:
Mejer Ong Cher Keong with the RMAF Ninth Squadron was killed when his A-4PTM Skyhawk (unknown BuNo) crashed into a mountain in low clouds while leading a two plane formation.
New Straits Times, August 15, 1990.

July 30, 1992:
Two unidentified pilots ejected safely when their TA-4PTM (unknown BuNo) trainer crashed at Kuantan RMAF airbase on July 30.
New Straits Times, August 12, 1992.

As of September 1999, the Royal Malaysian Air Force Skyhawks were no longer operational. The A-4PTM's and TA-4PTM's are abandoned at the Royal Malaysian Air Force Base at Kuantan. Some military related web sites list "30 A-4PTM Skyhawks as "retired".

Royal Malaysian Air Force 6 and 9 Squadrons.

Known BuNo delivered:
(Dates = U.S. Stricken Date):
  • A-4L
  • 148555: 25MAY78 A-4PTM M32-23
  • 147807: 29MAY78 A-4PTM M32-29
  • 145078: 19SEP77
  • 145092: 19AUG77 A-4PTM M32-14
  • 149630: 29MAY78 TA-4PTM M32-01
  • Five

Suspected BuNo delivered
  • A-4C
  • 145110: 19AUG77
  • 149606: 04JUL76

  • A-4L
  • 145121: 29MAY78
  • 145141: 29MAY78
  • 148588: 29MAY78
  • 148611: 25MAY78
  • 149531: 29MAY78
  • 145065: 25MAY78
  • 145101: 29MAY78
  • 145101: 29MAY78
  • 145103: 29MAY78
  • 145114: 29MAY78
  • 147703: 19AUG77
  • 147706: 19AUG77
  • 147736: 19AUG77
  • 147780: 04JAN78
  • 147782: 19AUG77
  • 147796: 19AUG77
  • 147802: 29MAY78
  • 147827: 29MAY78
  • 148306: 29MAY78
  • 148436: 25MAY78
  • 148479: 19AUG77
  • 149497: 01JAN79
  • 149505: 09JUL73
  • 145918: 29MAY78
  • 149536: 29MAY78
  • 149551: 29MAY78
  • 149573: 29MAY78
  • 149583: 29MAY78
  • 149588: 29MAY78
  • 149594: 29MAY78
  • 149607: 29MAY78
  • 149608: 29MAY78
  • 149626: 29MAY78
  • 149633: 29MAY78
  • 150593: 29MAY78
  • 149573: 29MAY78
  • Thirty-Eight
Known BuNo originally allocated
but not delivered:
  • A-4C
  • 145064: Stricken:29JUL74, N128AT ATW Aviation 14SEP04.
  • 147696: Stricken:15MAY73, N144AT sold in USA.
  • 148500: Dross Metals N159AT in USA.
  • 148502: Stricken:29JUL74, then sold USA.
  • 148573: Stricken;29JUL74, to ATW then SFDAM.
  • 149581: Stricken:15MAY73, then N227AT, sold France.
  • 149595: Dross Metals N229AT sold USA.

  • A-4L
  • 148602: Stricken: 29MAY78, N215AT parts for Malaysia, sold USA.
Suspected BuNo originally allocated
but not delivered:
  • A-4C
  • 145076: Stricken:10MAY71, N129AT sold TX.
  • 148509: Stricken:15MAY73. N204AT
  • 148597: Stricken:15MAY73, N214AT sold in USA.
  • 149550: Stricken:29MAY78, then N224AT sold United Kingdom.
  • 149575: Stricken:15MAY73, then N226AT sold in USA.
  • 149636: Stricken:19AUG76, then N230AT sold in USA..
  • 150581: Stricken:15MAY73, then N235AT
  • 150585
  • 150593

  • A-4L
  • 147754: Stricken:29MAY78 N145AT in restoration USA.
  • 147669: Stricken:29MAY78, N135AT sold USA.
  • 147671: Stricken:29MAY87, N142AT sold USA.
  • 147754: Stricken:29MAY78, N145AT sold USA.
  • 147793: Stricken:29MAY78, N148AT Raptor Aviation
  • 148307: Stricken:29MAY78, N156AT sold USA.
  • 148316: Stricken:29MAY78, N157AT sold USA.
  • 148446: Stricken:29MAY78, N130AT sold USA.
  • 149500: Stricken:29MAY78, N218AT sold USA.
  • 149502: Stricken:29MAY78, N219AT sold USA.
  • 149540: Stricken:29MAY78, N220AT ATW Aviation sold USA.
  • 149555: Stricken:29MAY78, N225AT Raptor Aviation
  • 149591: Stricken;29MAY78, N228AT, sold USA.
  • 149620: Stricken:29MAY78, N233AT sold in USA.

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