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A-4KU
Unit: unknown
Serial: 514

Originally, the Kuwaiti A-4KUs should have been painted in the camouflage pattern shown here, which should have been a mix of sand and Dark Olive Green. Their original serials should have been in the range 500-530. Kuwait placed its order for Skyhawks in late 1974, ordering a total of 30 A-4KUs and six TA-4KUs (the first of which flew on 14 December 1976). The aircraft were all newly-built and delivered via the UK in 1977 and 1978. Intended to provide a measure of strike capability against the permanent threat from Iraq, they served with two squadrons, and initially saw not much use: in fact, by 1984 their utilisation was so low, Kuwait intended to sell them to a third party. After some negotiations with the USA, however, the type was held in service and both squadrons moved to the newly-built Ahmad al-Jabar AB, in the same year.

Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

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Douglas A-4 Skyhawk | Kuwait | A-4KU | 514
05/08/2013

Circa 1986.

Artist: © Michele Marsan
Source: Aerei Modelismo Anno XI - 9 Settembre 1990. (c) Delta Editrice snc, Parma, Italia.
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Douglas A-4 Skyhawk | Kuwait | A-4KU | 514
05/08/2013

A-4KU
Unit: unknown
Serial: 809 (BuNo.160188, c/n.14556)

Operation Desert Storm, 1991. Later is was sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 s/n.N-1005.

Artist: © Bykov
Source: 'Wings of Fatherland' Magazine

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Douglas A-4 Skyhawk | Kuwait | A-4KU | 809 (BuNo.160188, c/n.14556)
05/08/2013



Artist: © Julian Malejko
Source: "Samolot szturmowy A-4 Skyhawk" Typy Broni I Uzbrojenia (TBiU), No.185
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Douglas A-4 Skyhawk | Kuwait | A-4KU | 809 (BuNo.160188, c/n.14556)
05/08/2013

A-4KU
Unit: unknown
Serial: 827 (BuNo.160203)

Sometimes during the 1980s the KAF Skyhawks were apparently repainted in a new camouflage pattern, better fitting to the baren Kuwaiti landscape over which they usually operated. Since the procurement of A-4s for Kuwait was accomplished via US Navy channels, all the KAF A-4s wore the standard USN BuAerNos, A-4KUs being 160180 thru 160209, and TA-4KUs being 160210 thru 160215. After being repainted in a new camouflage pattern, probably sometimes in the mid-1980s, KAF A-4KUs were allocated serials 801 thru 830, while TA-4KUs became 881 thru 886. At around this time many of Kuwaiti Skyhawks have also got the ALR-45 antenna retrofited to their avionics hump. At least one A-4KU was lost in a flying accident sometimes in the early 1980s, but otherwise the attrition was very low - until the Iraqi invasion, in August 1990. Then, and during the IIPGW, in 1991, the Kuwaiti Skyhawks proved their worth.

Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

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Douglas A-4 Skyhawk | Kuwait | A-4KU | 827 (BuNo.160203)
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