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Served in the US Navy Instrument Training Program, and was largely used as a land-based instrument trainer. The aircraft has 115 arrested landings making it one of the lowest cycle TA-4J’s in existence. Even though it was retired, it had an incredible 52% life remaining based on US Naval utilization standard

The A-4 Skyhawk, in the two-seat TA-4J configuration, was introduced to a training role replacing the TF-9J Cougar. The TA-4J served as the advanced jet trainer in white and orange markings for decades until being replaced by the T-45 Goshawk. Additional TA-4Js were assigned to Instrument Training RAGs at all the Navy master jet bases under RCVW-12 and RCVW-4. The Instrument RAGs initially provided jet transition training for Naval Aviators during the time period when Naval Aviation still had a great number of propeller-driven aircraft and also provided annual instrument training and check rides for Naval Aviators. The assigned TA-4J models were installed with collapsible hoods so the aviator under training had to demonstrate instrument flying skills without any outside reference. These units were VF-126 at NAS Miramar, California; VA-127 (later VFA-127; NAS FALLON, NV) at NAS Lemoore, California; VF-43 at NAS Oceana, Virginia; and VA-45 (later VF-45) at NAS Cecil Field, Florida until its later move to NAS Key West, Florida.


14 Month Refurbishment Completed in November 2016
Full Garmin Glass Cockpit
Garmin Digital Autopilot
Like-new Condition Inside and Out – All Major Systems and Accessories Refurbished, Overhauled, or Replaced
Total Time Since New: 8751
Engine: Pratt & Whitney Model J-52 P8
Total Hours Since New: 8751



Pratt & Whitney Model J-52 P8
Total Hours: 8751
Total Hours since Overhaul: 303
Total Hours since Hot Section: 5



• Dual Garmin G3X Touch Screen 10.6” PFD’s with GDU 460 Screens
• Garmin G5 electronic standby (airspeed, altitude, and attitude)
• Garmin Synthetic Vision
• WAAS Capable
• GSU 25 ADAHRS system
• GMU 22 magnetometer
• GTP 59 Air Temperature Probe
• ARTEX – ME 406 ELT
• UHF Radios – Removed but re-installable (not compatible with Garmin)
• Radar Altimeter – removed but installable (not compatible with Garmin)



• Two (2) 300 USG drop tanks
• Escapac Ejection Seats
• Turbine Start Cart (Huffer & Electrical)
• Custom Bruce’s Canopy Covers
• Entry Ladder



Overall length 42 ft 7 in/12.9 m
Overall height 15 ft 3 in/4.6 m
Wingspan 27 ft 6 in/8.3 m
Wing area 260 sq ft/24.1 sq m
Basic empty weight 10,602 lbs/4,808 kg
Max weight 24,500 lbs/11,111 kg
External payload Up to 9,900 lbs
Internal fuel 670 g
External fuel Two 300 g Aero 1-D Tanks



Range 1,350 nm/2,173 km
Speed 585 kts/.95 mach
Celing 38,700/11,795 m
Climb Rate 8,440 fpm
Endurance 4 hrs with Aero 1-D Tanks



Originally manufactured in 1970. Restoration Completed in 2016. BuNo 925 was retired from US Navy Training Command and was primarily in storage until 2006 when a 10 year $1.5M restoration began. All major systems of the aircraft were overhauled, rebuilt or replaced.

• New canopy and glass installed ($280,000)
• Landing gear was removed, overhauled, painted and re-installed ($300,000)
• All flap and slat tracks were replaced
• All pumps, actuators overhauled
• Engine Hot Section Inspection
• In December 2015 the aircraft was ferried to Classic Jet Warbirds of Titusville, FL where an experienced A-4 restoration crew began re-assembly.
• All flight controls removed, balanced and reinstalled.
• Complete strip and zinc chromate primer of entire airframe
• New paint in Douglas / US Navy Gull Grey and White.
• Crew gaseous oxygen system conversion.
• Weapons control systems installed


Number of Passengers: 2
Last Refurb Date: 2016


Last Painted Date: 2016

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