Douglas A4 Skyhawk

USN aviation Light Assault Jet. Produced 1954-1979 - 2,960 Made.

The first Grumman Jet Fighter

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a renowned carrier-capable light attack aircraft developed by Douglas Aircraft Company in the early 1950s. Design and Development: Designer: Ed Heinemann, a famed aircraft designer, led the development of the Skyhawk. First Flight: The prototype flew for the first time on June 22, 1954.

Design Features:
Delta Wing: The Skyhawk features a low-mounted delta wing without complex folding mechanisms, which simplified construction and maintenance. Compact Size: Known for its small size, the A-4 was dubbed "Heinemann's Hot Rod" for its sleek design and agility. Speed and Range: Powered by a single turbojet engine, it could achieve speeds of up to 670 mph (1,080 km/h) and had a range of over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) with drop tanks.
Armament: Equipped with two 20mm cannons and capable of carrying a variety of bombs, rockets, and missiles on its five hardpoints.

Operational History:
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps: The Skyhawk served prominently in the Vietnam War, performing ground-attack missions and playing a key role in the U.S. Navy's air operations.

Notable Users:
Blue Angels: The U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron flew the A-4 from 1974 to 1986. International Service: Besides the U.S., the Skyhawk was used by several other countries, including Argentina, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. Combat Roles:
Ground Attack: Primarily designed for close air support and ground attack missions.
Nuclear Capable: It was one of the first aircraft designed to deliver nuclear weapons from aircraft carriers.
Versatility: The Skyhawk's adaptability allowed it to serve in various roles, including training, aerial refueling (with buddy stores), and even as an adversary aircraft for training purposes.


  • A-4B: An improved version with a more powerful engine and better avionics.
  • A-4C: Featured upgraded radar and bombing systems.
  • A-4E/F: Included further avionics enhancements, more powerful engines, and additional hardpoints.
  • A-4M: Developed specifically for the U.S. Marine Corps with advanced avionics and increased survivability features.
  • TA-4: A two-seat trainer version used for training pilots.
Legacy: Longevity: The A-4 Skyhawk remained in production until 1979, with nearly 3,000 units built. Service Life: Many Skyhawks remained in active service well into the late 20th and early 21st centuries, particularly in foreign air forces. Influence: The aircraft's design influenced subsequent attack aircraft and left a lasting legacy in military aviation history. Modern Usage: Adversary Training: Some A-4s continue to be used for training purposes, particularly in adversary roles to simulate enemy aircraft in training exercises. The A-4 Skyhawk is celebrated for its robust design, versatility, and significant contributions to various military operations over its extensive service life.

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⚙ Douglas A4 Skyhawk specifications

Gross Weight9,853 lb (4,469 kg)/16,216 lb (7,355 kg)
Max Takeoff weight24,500 lb (11,113 kg)
Lenght40 ft 1.5 in (12.230 m)
Wingspan27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Height15 ft 2 in (4.62 m)
Wing Area260 sq ft (24 m2)
EnginePratt & Whitney J52-P-6A turbojet engine, 8,500 lbf (38 kN) thrust
Top Speed, sea level
Cruise Speed585 kn (673 mph, 1,083 km/h) at sea level
Range1,008 nmi (1,160 mi, 1,867 km)
Climb Rate5,750 ft/min (29.2 m/s)
Ceiling(to come)
Armament2× 20 mm (0.79 in) Colt Mk 12 cannon, 8,500 lb (3,900 kg) hardpoints.
Crew1 pilot

Combat Records

A4C va94 CVAN-65 USS Enterprise

A4G Skyhawk VF805 HMAS Melbourne 1980

A4U Skyhawk from Brazil



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