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Warbird Heritage Foundation's Douglas A-4B Skyhawk first flight (video)

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Zack Baughman
#1 Posted: 3/1/2010 16:40:08

This Skyhawk belonged to the now defunct Combat Jets Flying Museum in Houston, Texas, before joining EAA's collection in 1992.  It was then sold to the Warbird Heritage Foundation out of Waukegan, Illinois in 2007.  Over the past two years it has undergone a lot of work by a dedicated group of folks, including one of my friends and Timeless Voices volunteers David Staffeldt.  On December 1, 2009 it made its "first" flight.  David and the rest of the WHF crew put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get this Scooter in the air, and luckily they recorded this video of the flight.  If all goes well, we can expect to see her back in the sky over Oshkosh during AirVenture this summer.  Well done guys!


EAA Timeless Voices Program Coordinator & Museum Collections Assistant "Let No Story Go Untold!"
David Staffeldt
IAC MemberVintage Aircraft Association MemberWarbirds of America MemberHomebuilder or Craftsman
#2 Posted: 3/5/2010 20:10:50

Thanks Zack for the kind words. It definitely was a team effort. We have some great volunteers who were with us when we worked on the Scooter and with the EAA when we stayed at home. It did take 2 years which seems like a long time. Many don't know that we worked on the airplane on weekends, as we have full time jobs during the week. We also did not come up for about 9 months as we waited on parts.

Looking back, it certainly is the most memorable accomplishment of my A&P career. Thanks from all of us at the Warbird Heritage Foundation. We're looking forward to flying her into Airventure this year.

David Staffeldt

WHF Maint


Donald White
Warbirds of America MemberHomebuilder or Craftsman
#3 Posted: 3/6/2010 21:40:11


You guys have done some very impressive work on the A4. I remember seeing it at OSH with the engine on the stand and the tail in the corner of the hangar. Can't wait to see it this year at OSH (Yes, I'm expecting a personal tour). Love the video and had Joe drooling!