If you remember the great aviation movie Top Gun, then you’ll remember the scenes where Maverick and Goose, while flying their F-14 Tomcat, learn their lessons while facing off against the seasoned instructors. After leaving “Ice Man” (his wingman), Tom Cruise chases his target only to get “shot out of the sky” by Viper, who’s flying the nimble McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk.
Tommy Yates of Florence, AL, will be flying his Skyhawk at Top Gun this year built from a BMV/Skymaster kit. All dolled up in a scheme from the Vietnam War era Tommy’s jet is powered by a Kingtech 140 turbine engine and is controlled with a Spektrum DX18 radio system. Tommy has added a Deamon Cortex gyro system to help smooth things out. As of this writing Tommy is still awaiting good weather for deployment of test flights.
The A-4 sports subtle weathering which has been done with pastel chalks and an airbrush, then sealed up with a satin clear coat.