SKYHAWK
SKYHAWK

Manufacturer

DOUGLAS

Markings:

VMA-214 (Marine Attack Squdron), Kaneohe Bay, Hawai'i, 1962

Designation:

A4D-2

Serial Number:

142928

DOUGLAS A4D-2 SKYHAWK

Design of the Skyhawk began in 1952 as a response to the increasing weight and decreasing performance of the early jet fighters. The Skyhawk was to be a lightweight, carrier based, nuclear capable, attack bomber for the U. S. Navy. The type's first flight was on June 22, 1954 and testing quickly resulted in Navy contracts for the A4D-1 and A4D-2 versions of the plane. The Skyhawk was redesignated as the A-4 in 1962 with the A4D-2 becoming the A-4B. Skyhawks were one of the main Navy and Marine strike aircraft during the Vietnam War and flew from every American carrier. Production of the Skyhawk ended in 1979, but A-4s continued to serve with the U. S. Navy in training roles until the early 1990s.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 27 ft 6 in
  • Length: 39 ft 5 in
  • Height: 15 ft
  • Weight: 20,000 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 664 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 20,100 ft
  • Range: 1,160 miles
  • Engines: 1 Wright J65-W-20 turbojet, 8,400 lbs thrust
  • Crew: 1