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Kuwait Air Force Skyhawks

Kuwait Air Force No. 9 and 25 Squadrons


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Home Ports
  • 1977: Ahmad al-Jabr

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Deployments
  • 04 AUG 1990: Forced deployment to King Abdul Aziz AB near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia due to the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.



Aircraft
  • 1977: Douglas A-4KU Skyhawk.
  • 1977: Douglas TA-4KU Skyhawk.

  • No.9 Squadron: 14 A-4KU / TA-4KU at Ahmed al-Jaber AFB
  • No. 12 Squadron: 15 A-4KU / TA-4KU at Ahmed al-Jaber AFB

  • A-4KU used side numbers of 801 to 830
  • 801 BuNo. 160180 (c/n 14548), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1001.
  • 802 BuNo. 160181 (c/n 14549), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1002.
  • 803 BuNo. 160182 (c/n 14550), damaged/destroyed
  • 804 BuNo. 160183 (c/n 14551), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1003.
  • 805 BuNo. 160184 (c/n 14552), now in museum at Kuwait IAP
  • 806 BuNo. 160185 (c/n 14553), damaged/destroyed
  • 807 BuNo. 160186 (c/n 14554), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1004.
  • 808 BuNo. 160187, fate unkown.
  • 809 BuNo. 160188 (c/n 14556), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. N-1005.
  • 810 BuNo. 160189 (c/n 14557), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1006.
  • 811 BuNo. 160190 (c/n 14558), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1007.
  • 812 BuNo. 160191 (c/n 14559), damaged/destroyed
  • 813 BuNo. 160192 (c/n 14560), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1008.
  • 814 BuNo. 160193 (c/n 14561), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1009.
  • 815 BuNo. 160194 (c/n 14562), damaged/destroyed
  • 816 BuNo. 160195 (c/n 14563), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1010.
  • 817 BuNo. 160196 (c/n 14564), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1011.
  • 818 BuNo. 160197 (c/n 14565), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1012.
  • 819 BuNo. 160198 (c/n 14566), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1013.
  • 820 BuNo. 160199 (c/n 14567), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1014.
  • 821 BuNo. 160200 (c/n 14568), damaged/destroyed
  • 822 BuNo. 160201 (c/n 14569), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1015.
  • 823 BuNo. 160202 (c/n 14570), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1016.
  • 824 BuNo. 160203 (c/n 14571), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1017.
  • 825 BuNo. 160204 (c/n 14572), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1018.
  • 826 BuNo. 160205 (c/n 14573), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1019.
  • 827 BuNo. 160206 (c/n 14574), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1 ser. no. N-1020.
  • 828 BuNo. 160207 (c/n 14575), shot down 17/1/1991
  • 829 BuNo. 160208 (c/n 14576), damaged/destroyed
  • 830 BuNo. 160209 (c/n 14577), damaged/destroyed

  • TA-4KU used side numbers of 881 to 886
  • 881 BuNo. 160210 (c/n 14578), now in museum at Kuwait IAP
  • 882 BuNo. 160211 (c/n 14579), now in museum at Kuwait IAP
  • 883 BuNo. 160212 (c/n 14580), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1A ser. no. N-1021.
  • 884 BuNo. 160213 (c/n 14581), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1A ser. no. N-1022.
  • 885 BuNo. 160214 (c/n 14582), fate unknown.
  • 886 BuNo. 160215 (c/n 14583), sold to Brazilian Navy as AF-1A ser. no. N-1023.

Commanding Officers
  • 1990: Colonel Mubarak

Events
  • 20 JAN 1975:
    Purchase of 30 new A-4Ms and 6 TA-4s. They were re-designated A-4KU and TA-4KU.
    BuNo.160180 thru 160209 designated Kuwait AF serial 801-830
    BuNo.160210 thru 160215 designated Kuwait AF Serival 881-886

  • 20 JUL 1976:
    First flight of the A-4KU.

  • 14 DEC 1976:
    First flight of TA-4KU.

  • 1977:
    Delivery of all thirty-six aircraft occurred during 1977-78.

  • Early 198x: At least one Skyhawk is lost during operations.

  • 02 AUG 1990 to the completion of "Desert Storm" 28 FEB 1991:
    Kuwaiti A-4KU Skyhawks fly combat missions against Iraqi Forces.

  • Post Desert Storm:
    The 23 surviving Kuwatii Skyhawks are placed in storage when replaced by F/A-18C/D Hornets.

  • 1997:
    20 A-4KU and 3 TA-4KU aircraft are sold to Brazil. They are shipped to Brazil in September of 1998.


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Photographs


Circa 1976: Kuwatii Skyhawk under shelter loaded with a practice bomb on Station One.
Phtographer unknown

Kuwaiti Skyhawk BuNo 160186, #807, as she taxies by the photographer.

Three unknown Kuwaiti Skyhawks painted in a brown/tan camouflage scheme.
Harry Gann

1976 Kuwait Skyhawk BuNo 160183 alongside an unidentified Kuwait A-4KU.
Gary Verver Collection

1976 Kuwait Skyhawk BuNo 160184 on the taxiway with two other unidentified Kuwaiti A-4KU's.
Gary Verver Collection

1976 Kuwait Skyhawk BuNo 160210 on the ramp with two unidentified Kuwaiti A-4KU's.
Gary Verver Collection

1976 Kuwait Skyhawk BuNo 160210 on the runway with a ground crewman.
Gary Verver Collection

1976 Kuwait Skyhawk BuNo 160210 on the runway and ready for take-off.
Gary Verver Collection

1976 left side view of Kuwait Skyhawk BuNo 160210 on the runway and ready for take-off.
Gary Verver Collection

1977: Kuwaiti Skyhawk BuNo 160187 painted in a brown/tan camouflage scheme.
Harry Gann

circa 1977 Kuwaiti Skyhawks BuNo 160187 and BuNo 160183.
Gary Verver Collection

circa 1977 Kuwaiti Skyhawks BuNo 160187 and BuNo 160183.
Gary Verver Collection

circa 1977 Kuwaiti Skyhawk BuNo 160187.
Harry Gann, G. Verver collection.

circa 1977 Kuwaiti Skyhawk BuNo 160194.
Gary Verver Collection

circa 1977 Kuwaiti Skyhawk BuNo 160197.
Gary Verver Collection

Circa 1976-77:
BuNo 160182 taxi prior to delivery to Kuwait.
BuNo 160183, Kuwait 804 and BuNo 160187 Kuwait 808 in-flight prior to delivery to Kuwait.
BuNo 160183, Kuwait 804 and BuNo 160187 Kuwait 808 in-flight prior to delivery to Kuwait.
BuNo 160187 Kuwait 808 in-flight prior to delivery to Kuwait.
BuNo 160187 Kuwait 808 in-flight prior to delivery to Kuwait.
Photos from James Stegman.

Shot of a TA-4KU being flight tested in the U.S.A. Photo provide by James Stegman, test pilot for Douglas. James Stegman.

Unknown A-4KU.
From Gary Verver.

circa 1976:
Kuwait A-4KU Skyhawk BuNo 160184
, location unknown.
Douglas photo.

During Desert Storm:
Unknown A-4KU, in Saudi Arabia.
Pic 1
Pic 2
Pic 3
Jarvis

22 Nov 1990 Kuwait Skyhawk BuNo 160180, 801, parked on the fringes of a crowd that has gathered to listen to a speech by President George Bush who is paying a Thanksgiving Day visit to Operation Desert Shield U.S. troops.
U.S. Navy photo, JO3 Gerald Johnson.

1991 Kuwaiti A-4KU 807.
In 1974, Kuwait purchased thirty new A-4Ms and six TA-4s, along with spare parts and support equipment for $250 million. The Kuwaiti Skyhawks were designated A-4KU and TA-4KU.   Delivery began in 1976.   Many Kuwaiti Skyhawks based at Dhahran Air base in Saudi Arabia, were flown on combat missions against Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War.
Photograph from Brian K. Shaune.

02 FEB 1991 Saudi Arabia:
Pic 1
Pic 2
Kuwaiti A-4KU Skyhawk (all unknown) aircraft prepare to takeoff on a mission during Operation Desert Storm.
A Kuwaiti A-4KU Skyhawk (unknown) and a 1st Tactical Fighter Wing F-15C Eagle aircraft stand on an airfield prior to a mission during Operation Desert Storm.
Official Photo, photographer unknown.

13 FEB 1991 Saudi Arabia:
A 4KU Skyhawk (L-R: BuNo 160180, #801, BuNo 160181, #802, BuNo 160186, #807, BuNo 160188, #809 and 12 more unknown) aircraft of the Kuwait air force are serviced on a flight line in preparation for a mission during Operation Desert Storm.
Official Photo by Tech Sgt David Mcleod

Kuwaiti A-4KU 827 - 1991.
After the 1991 war the remaining Kuwaiti A-4KU and TA-4KU Skyhawks were kept in storage until sold to Brazil in 1997. Note the canopy shield - to protect the canopy from desert sand etching and the crew access ladder.
Photograph from Max Tollens.

01 Apr 1991 Kuwaiti Skyhawk BuNo 160206, #827,as a Kuwaiti pilot taxies toward the runway during Operation Desert Shield.
U.S. Navy photo by Sgt Jeff Wright.

TA-4KU BuNo 160213 photo by Max Tollens

Remains of Kuwait Skyhawk #821 (BuNo 160200).
Gary Verver Collection

Remains of Kuwait Skyhawk forward fuselage and partial wing, BuNo unknown.
Gary Verver Collection

Remains of Kuwait Skyhawk forward fuselage, BuNo unknown.
Gary Verver Collection



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