The A-4 Skyhawk, an attack aircraft that once provided air support for Marines during both the Cold War and the Vietnam War in the 1970’s, found its new home in front of the Heroes Hall Veterans Museum at the O.C. Fair Grounds in Costa Mesa.

The A-4 Skyhawk monument was revealed on November 9th as Heroes Hall hosted a Salute to Veterans, in memory of the service men and women who fought for their country.

The aircraft, nicknamed “Kiddiecar” and “Tinker Toy Bomber” first took flight in April of 1970, flying at a maximum speed of 690 mph. The compact aircraft, weighing only five tons when empty, was created by Douglas Aviation engineer Ed Heinemann.  It now rests on a display pedestal surrounded by hardscape and seating areas. The pedestal is made of concrete and engraved with a plaque honoring Marines who served at Air Stations El Toro and Tustin.

ATI is honored to have been a part of executing this jet relocation and yet another historical renovation commemorating Veterans, thanks to a strong partnership with the O.C. Fair Grounds.

In February of 2017, the renovation of Heroes Hall Museum was completed by ATI after four years of site planning and construction. The Heroes Hall Museum displays the stories of those who served our nation through the expression of literature, photography, film, art and personal affects with semi-annually rotated exhibits.

Outside the Heroes Hall Museum is a Medal of Honor Plaza containing a thirty six thousand pound cement star modeled after the Congressional Medal of Honor. Surrounding the plaza is the Walk of Honor- a large semi-circle of plaques memorializing the Orange County veterans who received military honors, those who served in the Korean War, World War I and World War II, and local veterans who sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.

A-4 Skyhawk Rendering

The completion of historical renovations like the Heroes Hall Museum and monuments like the A-4 Skyhawk, illustrate why our engineers and architects do what they do.

Preserving and restoring historical buildings and monuments are essential in conserving both artistic and cultural heritage.

Rick Coleman, the Principal Architect for the SkyHawk monument said, “As the architects and designers of the war veterans memorial site, we take great pride in being a part of the creation of a venue that honors the members of the armed services who have provided protection  and sometimes have given their lives for our country.  We also feel pride when we observe the community approval for this venue and see the educational opportunities that are now available for future generations to learn about the historical sacrifices that have been made for the nation.”


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