The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was designed by the famous designer Ed Heinemann at Douglas at the nineteen fifties. The US Navy wanted a light attack aircraft and Heinemann designed the smallest, lightest and cheapest jet design possible. The design is a delta winged, single-engined aircraft with no wing folding and very simple systems. It was used by the US Marines Corps and the US Navy used the type on its carriers, including in the Vietnam war.  Skyhawks also played key roles in the Yom Kippur War, and the Falklands War. Exported in small numbers to e.g Argentina, Israel, Singapore, New Zealand and Brazil. More 3,000 planes were manufactured until beginning 1979 in various versions. 

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Various Skyhawks, such as the A-4C with serial 148492 at MCAS El Toro Historical Foundation, Irvine California.

Various pictures with details of other Skyhawks as well.

Photographed Januari 2011 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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A-4C Skyhawk

Pictures of the A-4C , code "AE" with civil registration NX22627 at the museum at Titusville & Space Coast Regional Airport, Florida.

Photographed November 2014 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk

The first Skyhawk to come down the production line YA4D-1 (A-4A) BuNo. 137813 still exists! It is now on display as VA-83 , code " AJ 301" in the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida.

Photographed November 2014 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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A-4E Skyhawk

This A-4E Skyhawk hangs on the ceiling and is on display at  the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida.

Photographed November 2014 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Douglas A-4F 'Skyhawk' with serial 154204, at MCAS El Toro Historical Foundation, Irvine California

Photographed Januari 2011 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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A-4M

Douglas A-4M 'Skyhawk' has the serial 160264 (though unsure if this is correcte as this was the last Skyhawk). On display at MCAS El Toro Historical Foundation, Irvine California

Photographed Januari 2011 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Douglas A-4L 'Skyhawk' with serial 147787, aircraft at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile Alabama

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Photographed Januari 2011 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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A-4F Skyhawk

Here the details are seen of the A-4F at the USS Midway museum in San Diego, USA. This aircraft is restored and Bua.no 154977 US NAVY VA-23 from "USS Oriskany".

Photographed Januari 2012 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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 A-4M (the last Skyhawk manufactured)

This A-4M 'Skyhawk' II is the last Skyhawk manufactured in 1979 with serial 160264. It is on display at the Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum at  Miramar MCAS, California. It on loan from the National USMC museum.

Photographed 2015 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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A-4 Duals / trainers

Twin seat Skyhawks were also used for pilot training and the "agressor" training role. This aircraft photographed at MCAS El Toro Historical Foundation, Irvine California

Photographed Januari 2011 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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TA-4J "Top"Gun"

This TA-4J is in a Top Gun livery with serial 154342. It is located at March Field, USA. This aircraft was one of the last active Skyhawks with last flight April 2003.

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TA-4S
Based on TA-4 aircraft, the TA-4S was remanufactured for Republic of Singapore Air Force. It differs as now two separate canopies were used (and not a single large one). The instructor is seated behind the student pilot. Note the glossy paint finish on the shown aircraft on display at the Singapore Air Force Museum.

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A-4 cockpit details

Various pictures with details.

Photographed Januari 2012 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Many plastic scale models exist of the A-4 Skyhawk. Too many to list!

Dutch readers:  kijk bij de 1/72 kit special van Pat Beentjes... nostalgie!

 

 

This webpage was first created March 2012