Douglas A-4F 'Skyhawk'

Notes: Improved A-4 with new engine, ejection seat, lift spoilers, nose wheel steering, and improved avionics (1 CREW) .
  Base model:A-4
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack
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  Length: 40' 1" 12.2 m
  Height:15' 2" 4.6 m
  Wingspan: 27' 6" 8.3 m
  Wingarea: 260.0 sq ft 24.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 9,853 lb 4,468 kg
  Gross Weight: 16,216 lb 7,354 kg
  Max Weight: 24,500 lb 11,111 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J52-P-408
  Thrust (each):11,200 lb 5,079 kg


Operators (Past and Present)
USN VF-43 Oceana VA
USN VF-126 Miramar CA
USN VFC-12 Oceana VA
USN VFC-13 NAS Miramar CA

Known serial numbers
152101, 154172 / 154217, 154218 / 154286, 154970 / 155069

Examples of this type may be found at
Accomack County AirportVirginia
Aviation Heritage ParkNAS OceanaVirginia
Empire State Aerosciences MuseumScotiaNew York
MCAS El Toro Historical FoundationIrvineCalifornia
Millville Amry Air Field MuseumMillvilleNew Jersey
NAS MiramarSan DiegoCalifornia
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
Quonset Air MuseumNorth KingstonRhode Island

A-4F on display

Accomack County Airport

Aviation Heritage Park

Empire State Aerosciences Museum

MCAS El Toro Historical Foundation

NAS Miramar

National Museum of Naval Aviation


Recent comments by our visitors
 Wayne DeMarsico
 , AZ
Gerald (Jerry) Shollmier
How you been, Do you have anymore of them pictures of vc12.
Wayne deMarsico
05/14/2012 @ 15:16 [ref: 57120]
 henderson, NV
from 1974 - 1976 i was fortunate to be designated as a flyaway pc. i have over 1200 hours booming around in the ta4j. of that time 545 hours actually flying the aircraft.
as far as im concerned when the blues gave up the a4 they screwed the pooch. that aircraft could to airobatics that would make a quail airsick. to this day there will never be a finer close support aircraft in the inventory.

dolar levesque AT1 (AW)
united states navy retired
11/15/2010 @ 14:24 [ref: 33305]
 AD3 Riley
 Raleigh, NC
I was Stationed at NAS Cubi Pt. VC-5 Checkertails 1984-87. We had the A4-E and TA-4J, H-3 Seaking, and CH-53E Superstalion. I became a PC on the A4s, and later transferred to the AD shop. Became Low/High power turn qual'd and loved what I was doing on the Skyhawk. Later in I obtained a Private Pilot Cert, and fly another Skyhawk(C172)
11/21/2009 @ 11:02 [ref: 25322]
 NAS Nowra, OTH
Some interesting articles about the Skyhawk in US, Australian and New Zealand Service.

12/25/2008 @ 05:32 [ref: 23337]
 dave scott
 , NY
was being a plane captain importent. must be i still carry my card in my wallet dont have a credit card in there .i was in VF-43 in 81.loved the planes all the a4s,f5s,even the t2s.the people ..lot of good memories about the people. scotty says hi and take care
10/25/2008 @ 13:24 [ref: 22919]
 Jay \'BullFrog\' Childers
 Colorado Springs, CO
I was assigned to VC-13 'SAINTS' from 1976-1980 and I got to know almost every Nook-N-Cranny of the TA-4J during that time. After the fire at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in '77, my supervisor, AD1 Al Wright, informed me that I would be the first of a five man crew, selected to begin work on an A4-L stored at NAS North Island to be donated back to the museum. In 1994 while living in Norwalk, Ca., and commuting to work in Hawthorn, Ca., I noticed to my dismay, an A4 listing to one side near the Hawthorn Municipal Airport Museum. Well, it wasn't long after I had inquired about the maintenance schedule of that A4, that she was standing tall and proud again. I have worked on the F4, A4, A7, P3, and the UH-1(Which I also have a great fondness for), and in my humble opinion, the best and greatest aircraft ever in the Navy's inventory, was the Douglas A4 Skyhawk!!! A4's forever, Amen!
08/26/2008 @ 09:48 [ref: 22551]
 Bobby Nolde
 Hertford, NC
I was in VF-126 from 1983 to 1986, I worked in the Powerplant shop! The A4 was a very easy A?C to work on!! Nothing really hard about it!! Other than it being small and fast, it was a pretty cool plane!!
02/05/2008 @ 17:29 [ref: 19568]
 Adam Hodge
 Marietta, GA
Hey Guys,

Not sure which model A-4 section this best to ask this in, haha. :)

I'm currently a HS Student (Jr) trying to start up a collection of Scooter patches from any service/mission (VA,VMA,VC,VT, etc) as a keepsake. I'm looking for anything anyone can spare (Squadron Patches,Decomm Patches,Shoulder Patches,Anniv Patches, etc) related to Navy or Marine A-4 Squadrons.

I wish I would've had the opportunity to see the Scooter in Navy/Marine Action but came along too late!

If anyone can help/donate anything to jumpstart my attempt at a collection, Please email me at HODGETCA@aol.com (Can try and offer a little bit of $$ if need be). I doubt there is many folks my age (17) trying to start a collection like this.

Thanks in Advance and Skyhawks Forever!
02/03/2008 @ 02:54 [ref: 19527]
 Gerald (Jerry) Shollmier
 Benton, AR
I was in A4s the majority of my 21 years in the Navy, VA204 (A4L), two tours in VC12 (A4L, TA4J, A4E and A4F) and VC13 (TA4J, A4F). A4s were probably the most versatile aircraft in the Naval inventory. A very forgiving aircraft.
I had many hours in back seat (TA4)going back and forth to dets, low level navigation and inflight troubleshooting. We did many Dets to Key West and Fallon. Sure do miss them. :)
01/25/2008 @ 20:16 [ref: 19431]
 Ted Synnott
 Wappingers Falls, NY
I was associated with VC-2, first as a Plane Captain (TAD) then into the ADJ/ADR Shop where I became qualified as: CDI/QA and High Power Turn-Up qualified as well as FlyAway Troubleshooter and met many people I was happy to work with some I will never forget.I have donated a few pictures of our squadron aircraft, A-4C, A-4D,A-4E, A-4F and the one's I had the pleasure of flying Others have donated photo's but they will not allow them to be downloaded. This is not the way it should be, these pictures should be shared with anyone wanting to download them. We all have memories that we like to look back on. Please lift the ban on downloading these as we are past military. Sharing is a good thing.
09/12/2007 @ 02:45 [ref: 17908]


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