Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

A-4 Skyhawk

Introduction

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single engine subsonic single-seat attack fighter, aircraft carrier capable. It was used by the United States Navy (USN) and the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in the early 1950s.

Other users were by nearly every country in the Free World at that time period. This delta-winged aircraft was designed and produced by the Douglas Aircraft Company, later McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company. The A-4D which was the original USN pre-1962 designation as a lightweight fighter aircraft which had maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 24,500 pounds.

The aircraft had 5 hardpoints (hardpoints are holding points to hold bombs, missiles, and even nuclear devices).   It had the capability of carrying as much ordnance as the World War II B-17 Flying Fortress although a much smaller aircraft. The first A-4s were powered by a Wright J65 turbojet but the “E” models and beyond used the Pratt & Whitney J52 turbojet.

They were produced from 1954 to 1979 and 2,960 Skyhawks were built.

A-4 Refueling an A-7

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