Designed originally to provide the US Navy and Marine Corps with a simple low-cost lightweight attack and
ground support aircraft, the Skyhawk was based on experience gained during the Korean War. Since the initial
requirement called for operation by the US Navy, special design consideration was given to providing
low-speed control and stability during take-off and landing, added strength for catapult launch and arrested
landings, and dimensions that would permit it to negotiate standard aircraft carrier lifts without the complexity
of folding wings.
Construction of the XA-4A (originally XA4D-1) prototype Skyhawk began in September 1953 and the
first flight of this aircraft, powered by a Wright J65-W-2 engine (32 kN), took place 22 June 1954.
A total of 2,960 A-4 Skyhawks was built. The last one was built in 1979.
| ENGINE||1 x P+W J-52-P-8A, 41.4kN|
| Take-off weight||11110 kg||24493 lb|
| Wingspan||8.4 m||28 ft 7 in|
| Length||12.6 m||41 ft 4 in|
| Height||4.6 m||15 ft 1 in|
| Wing area||24.2 m2||260.49 sq ft|
| Max. speed||1100 km/h||684 mph|
| Range w/max.fuel||3200 km||1988 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 20mm machine-guns, bombs, missiles, torpedos|
|A three-view drawing (1000 x 474)|
|cash, efbronson=aol.com, 26.10.2010|
your design description wrong. ed heiemann designed the A4 over the weekend at his kitchen table to give the navy a true atomic weapon capibility, viz., for the A4 to carry the Mark 7 weapon. that's why the A4 had the high spindley landing gear to clear the MK 7 diameter.
|Ted (Bear) Langworthy, flybear=peoplepc.com, 25.10.2010|
Made 3 full cruises,Saratoga(Med),Enterprise(Nam),America(Med),from 63-67. Over 1700 hrs. and the first Naval Aviator to make over 500 carrier traps in one squadron and one tour. I trusted my life to the "Scooter" and she never let me down. The only marriage,so far, that did not end with a divorce!!
|Carl Volinski, carl=lajollainsurance.com, 22.10.2010|
I flew the A-4 C,E,F,M and TA-4 over a seven year period and flew with VMA-211 out of Chu Lai. Was also in VMA-214, the Blacksheep squadron a couple different times and met Pappy Boyington and had him sign the book. What a great little aircraft it was.
|DAVID L. CLEVENGER, dclevenger02=msn.com, 18.10.2010|
I WAS ATTACH TO VA-36 (ROADRUNNERS) AT CECIL FIELD FLA. 65 THEY HAD THE A4C-SKYHAWK. ONE OF THE BEST LITTLE AIRCRAFT I'VE EVER SEEN ALTHOUGH YOU NEVER HEAR OR SEE ANYTHINGB ABOUT IT. I WENT WITH THE A4 ON THE USS ENTERPRISE TO VIETNAM. SHE WAS A GREAT PLANE.
|John Lyons, johnlyons=aol.com, 14.10.2010|
Attached to VA-155 1960-1963 as an AE we had (A4D-2s at the time then the nomenclature to A4Es). Even though I had all the schools for AE I preferred the action on the Flight Deck (and Flight Line at Moffett and then one of the first at LeMoore). 2 full cruises on CVA 43, Coral Sea. Spent many happy hours on, in and around the scooters. Plane captain and crew leader. I think I actually was required to spend 2 months in the shop prior to ending my enlistment. hey wanted to get a few hours of work from me for all the schooling! After college I tried to get into Naval Aviation, passed everything but was 3 months too old. Was offered back seater type work (this was 1969. Back seat in a F4?? No way! Became Comm. Instr. CFI I later, but no fun compared to the A4 pilots!
|Steve Fisher, sfish247=yahoo.com, 05.10.2010|
After a short career in AV-8As, in early 1986 I was lucky enough to get in a reserve squadron at Cecil (VMA-142 Gators) flying the A-4F. What a great airplane! From there, I did a short stint with VMA-131 flying A-4Es our of Willow Grove. The little birds were definitely showing their age through up through 1987. Semper Fi everyone!!!
|Jerry T. Baxter, lamoose73=yahoo.com, 30.09.2010|
VA-12 CECIL FIELD-JACKSONVILLE,FLA.1962-1964 AMS MECHANIC,USS F.D.R. A very easy plane to work on and keep flying. Anyone out there remember those days. Where did everyone go.
|Milt Jines, miltjines=yahoo.com, 25.09.2010|
I was in the first A4 squadron (VA-72, Oceana, VA, 1957) when the first fleet A4s were "issued." I was the first to achieve 1,000 hours in the little bird (I was presented a nice mahogany plaque from McDonnell-Douglas acknowledging this. I sent the plaque to the Museum in Pensacola (their request) and on my next visit there I asked about it's whereabouts and was told it was "misplaced." The museum also gave credit to VA-83 (JAX) for being "first" and even had a (retired) model (in VA-83 "dress") hanging in the lobby declaring them Number-1. Someone suggested "good ole boy" politics was involved. So much for that museum's credibility! I haven't visited since. I made two full-length cruises (Randolph and Independence) and accumulated over 300 traps. It was a great little aircraft.
|Don Ward, don_ward83=hotmail.com, 22.09.2010|
Anyone here from AOC class 44-61 or 45-61? Don Ward Pattaya, Thailand ps last aircraft I flew was a P51-D WOW!!!!
|Joan Heinemann, Msdaisya4=verizon.net, 09.09.2010|
"Heinemann's Hotrod", a great plane indeed! I also was designed by Ed Heinemann and he was a Great Father as well.
|Martin shapiro, martins160=excite.com, 28.08.2010|
I was an AE and serviced the A-4 electrical and electronic systems 1970-1976. I was assigned to VA209 and also the
Air Barons team while stationed at Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview Illinois.
I also participated in carrier qualifications on the USS Independence air craft carrier....with VA209
I always had the respect of the pilots as I always told them "I don't fly in what I fix". We had an excellent squadron, as the group always enjoyed the cross training of skills and excellent rapport with the pilots. We also had a lot of fun!
Today the plane, carrier and myself are all retired!
My career after the NAVY was in medical electronics for 22 years
|Cpt. Fucko, booger1=yahoo.com, 24.08.2010|
Awesome little plane. I fly this one all the time on WoV simulator for the PC.
|Cdr. John H.Hawkins, tzzjohn=aol.com, 21.08.2010|
I loved flying the scooter. The A-4F "Super Fox" the most.
I wasn't crazy about being on instructor pilot at VT-4, but the TA-4 "julient" made it bear able.
|Rod Letchworth, rodletchworth=hotmail.com, 20.08.2010|
I flew 289 combat missions in Vietnam - 269 in the A4E and A4F. Most missions were Close Air Support during the TET offensive, releasing ordinance at 50 feet and 350 knots. This little bird never failed to get me back to base - sometimes with a load of North Vietnam lead aboard, but it always got me back to base. Wonderful Machine!
|Ken Ehrenhofer, kehrenhofer=msn.com, 11.08.2010|
I wa in the Naval Reserves in 65 to 72 with VA 727 and
VA 725 working on avionics at NAS Glenview. Sure wish I could have flown one of those beautiful birds you pilots looked like you had way to much fun!
|Pete Meyer, wiener=comcast.net, 10.08.2010|
Who doesn't love the Scooter!! 2500 hrs of great memories in the A-4E/M, TA-4F/J and OA-4M. Miss those days.
|Ken Langford, liveoakken=ainternet.biz, 10.08.2010|
I flew the A-4B, C, E, M, TA-4F, and J, with two Combat Cruises in the C and E and feel that this aircraft was as good as it gets for forward close air support. When 12.7 is whistling by your canopy, 20MM silences it mighty quick. It was as worthy as the F-8 Crusaders, and the F-4 Phantoms I flew, but my all time favorite combo, air to air/air to ground was the FJ-4. Air to air only was the greatest engine to airframe mate of my lifetime, the F-4. Unfortunately the F-4S was too late as I am sure it would have been the greatest of them all.
|Stan Hockett, Vacationstan=hotmail.com, 28.06.2010|
I'm a retired USAF Technical Sergeant; thats SSGT pay grade to Marines and PO1 to sailors. I saw many A-4s at NS Roosevelt Roads during counterdrug AWACS deployments. I always wanted to get up close, never did. Unlike the nuke sub on the way to retirement. Kewl a/c!
|Ron Rhoads, rrhoadsfly=roadrunner.com, 19.05.2010|
As an instructor in both a Navy training command TA-4J squadron and the Marine Corps A-4 Advanced Training Squadron in Yuma, AZ, I got to see the inside of several versions of the "Scooter". I also got to deploy in the first A-4M squadron to take the new aircraft to Japan. The beginning of the evolution of the avionics in all A-4's began with the A-4M. As the Maintenance Officer of VMAT-102, I got to oversee the installation of ARC-159(V)radios in our small fleet of TA-4F and J models. That was the beginning of a whole new life for the avionics shop. No more fixing the radio after every flight. Ed Heinemann had my stubby body in mind when he designed the little beauty. I would not trade one day in the snug little gem. Do you all miss it as much as me?
|Ta-183 Huckebein, 16.05.2010|
Last time i flew a Skyhawk I shot down a MiG-19!
he just rolled in front of me so I just gave him a burst of my machine guns and he just RIPPED APART!
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