blackysskyhawkphotos.shutterfly.com/ All Kiwi Skyhawk fans! Link to photos shot by me, Bill Blackburn, during my tour flying the A4 in the USMC 1980-1989. Mostly southwest US. I flew in your Sailplane Nationals in 1984.
Last Edit: Dec 20, 2010 12:22:12 GMT 12 by blackya4
So apart from bringing in duty free, what was the reason we kept them on for so long, as I heard we got a few extra knots out of them afterwards.
They were all wired up for ECM/ESM equipment, so they were left on until Kahu just in case we ever went to war. All the cockpit consoles and warning lights were there too. My favourite was the big square warning light that said "SPOT SAM" which only came on when you were locked up by a SAM! There were others for radar directed "AAA" and search radars. They all worked on "press-to-test" but because we didn't have the secret black boxes in the hump that was all they did! Same for the chaff and flare dispensers. The controller was there (on top of the LH glaresield) but there were no dispenser modules down the back!