A-4AR Cockpit Trainer
Date Acquire: 2004
The A-4 cockpit trainer was constructed by Lockheed to train pilots in the use of the newly installed controls found in the modified A-4AR Argentina aircraft.
Argentina was not only the first foreign user of the Skyhawk but also one of the largest with nearly 130 A-4s delivered since 1965. The Argentine Air Force received 25 A-4Bs in 1966 and another 25 in 1970, all refurbished in the United States by Lockheed Service Co. prior to their delivery as A-4P, although they were still locally known as A-4B.
They had three weapons pylons and served in the 5th Air Brigade. In 1976, another order was made for 25 A-4Cs to replace the F-86 Sabres still in service in the 4th Air Brigade (Spanish: IV Brigada Aérea). They were received as is and refurbished to flight status by the Air Force technicians at Río Cuarto, Cordoba. The C model had five weapons pylons and could use AAM-AIM-9B Sidewinders.
The Argentine Naval Aviation also bought the Skyhawk known as A-4Q in the form of 16 A-4B plus two for spare parts, modified with five weapon
They were received in 1971 to replace F-9F Panther and F-9F Cougar in use from the aircraft carrier ARA Veinticinco de Mayo by the 3rd Fighter/Attack Squadron.
Ejection seats did not work and there were many other mechanical faults. In spite of this, A-4s still served well in the 1982 Falklands War where they achieved some success against the British Royal Navy.
Erected by Joe Davies Heritage Airpark.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Location. 34° 36.168′ N, 118° 5.257′ W. Marker is in Palmdale, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on E Avenue P west of 25th Street E, on the right when traveling west. Located in the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2001 E Avenue P, Palmdale CA 93551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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