Designed by Douglas' chief engineer Ed Heinemann, the A1 was first flown on March 18th, 1945. Used in Vietnam for close air support and for providing cover for combat rescue missions, the Skyraider was valued for its ability to devastate enemy ground targets. In 1959, using the US Military Assistance Program the Armee de l'Air (AA, the French Air Force) was able to obtain ninety three used USN Skyraiders made up of AD-4N, AD-4NA and a few AD-4. The purpose of this acquisition was combat insurgents in Algeria, a French colony until 1962. This 1/72 scale, die cast model from Hobby Master replicates the famous aircraft, and features realistic panel lines and surface details, authentic markings, an opening canopy that reveals a well-equipped cockpit, interchangeable landing gear, and a display stand. 8 ½" wingspan.