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Douglas A-4M 'Skyhawk'

Description
Notes: A-4F with new engine, enlarged canopy, increased ammunition capacity, and drag chute.
  Manufacturer:Douglas
  Base model:A-4
  Designation:A-4
  Version:M
  Nickname:Skyhawk
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack
  Crew:Pilot
  First Flew:1970/04/10
  See Also:

Specifications
  Length: 40' 3" 12.2 m
  Height:15' 4.5 m
  Wingspan: 26' 6" 8.0 m
  Wingarea: 260.0 sq ft 24.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 10,465 lb 4,746 kg
  Gross Weight: 24,499 lb 11,111 kg
  Max Weight: 24,500 lb 11,111 kg

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

Performance
  Max Speed: 670 mph 1,078 km/h 582 kt

Operators (Past and Present)
USN BF Dallas TX
USN VFC-13 NAS Miramar CA
USMC VMA-124 Memphis TN
USMC VMA-131 Willow Grove PA
USMC VMA-133 Alameda CA
USMC VMA-322 South Weymouth MA
USN VX-5 China Lake CA

Known serial numbers
158148 / 158196, 158412 / 158435, 159470 / 159493, 159778 / 159794, 160022 / 160045, 160241 / 160264

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Assoc.NAS Willow GrovePennsylvania
Hiller Aviation MuseumSan CarlosCalifornia
MCAS El Toro Historical FoundationIrvineCalifornia
NAS Ft. Worth Joint Reserve BaseFt. WorthTexas
Patuxent River Naval Air MuseumPatuxent RiverMaryland
Prairie Aviation MuseumBloomingtonIllinois
Quonset Air MuseumNorth KingstonRhode Island
Western Aerospace MuseumOaklandCalifornia

A-4M on display


Hiller Aviation Museum

MCAS El Toro Historical Foundation

NAS Willow Grove Air Park

Prairie Aviation Museum

Western Aerospace Museum
   


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 James Kerley
 Dallas, TX
After N.A.S. Millington, got to Cherry Pt. 05/26/'72, into training at VMAT 203. Went to S. Carolina for more structures & corrosion control schools. What a bird the A-4 was! Spent almost the whole 4 years in '203. Any squadronmates still out there? Remember Maj./Lt. Col. Bob Melville? Best Maint. Officer the Corps ever had. Semper Fi!
11/22/2011 @ 19:15 [ref: 50449]
 Bill Rook
 Lebanon, MO
I had the honor of serving with MAG-42 Det "B" in Memphis from 80-84, then with VMA-223 in Cherry Point from 85-94. Never a more splendid aircraft did Mickey D make, than the A-4. I took a road trip this year to visit CWO4 Mickey Eller (VMA-124) at his home in Adel, GA. The A-4 was part of all our conversations, as was many "square shooters" of Canadian Lord Calvert. During my tours with the above mentioned squadrons, I had the pleasure of serving with many a fine Airdale... Robert Ortiz, Terry Summers, Dean Calvert, Ray Clapsadle, Bud O'Leary, Barry Larson, Shorty Powers, Kim Scarberry, Rob Oscarson, Bob Means, Dennis O'Brien, Jack Gabor, Buddy Sickles, Paul Scheidler, Al Davenport, John "Hoss" Bower, J.C. Rowan, Carl Jones and Marty Hernandez, just to name a few. I really miss you guys and of course, our A-4!!!
09/17/2011 @ 05:19 [ref: 49083]
 Robert Bishop
 Louisa, VA
Worked on A4 for many years. First A4E VMA-211 RVN. A4E/F TA4F/J VMAT-102 A4L VMA-124 A4M VMA-223 and again in Cecil Field Fl. Spent many a day on them. Airframes was easy to work with. Many a GOOD MARINE maintained and flew them.
09/07/2011 @ 21:28 [ref: 48790]
 terry lee
 brighton, TN
To all the Marines who worked on the A-4 aircraft from the C's the M's, the T's and O-A's. They are great aircraft and a great bunch of guys to work with in Yuma, Iwakuni,
Alemeda, Memphis and in Kuwait on the A-4 / TA-4KU aircraft. I had the pleasure of flying many hours in the back of the T's as well.

SEMPER FI!!
08/31/2011 @ 16:45 [ref: 48326]
 Jonny Lo Bianco, AKA GINZO
 Englewood, FL
Paul,
I am on Holiday in Canada right now but would like to add some great A-4 pic's to the site when I get back home. Also want to send you a pic of the QA patch you made for us in Japan. Remember?? Cheers, Jonny
07/09/2011 @ 06:53 [ref: 39937]
 Gy Shedal
 Yuma, AZ
An eBay identity called Military Plus has hijacked/stolen the Great American cigar smokin' bulldog patch. I am still in the Yuma phone book. Give me a call and I'll send you one for free if you are a past squadron member! - Gy Shedal
06/30/2011 @ 18:19 [ref: 39885]
 John Ozovek
 Binghamton, NY
I was on USS Enterprise in December, 1976, for VMA-223 carrier quals. SSgt. Jim Bacon and Ssgt Steve Aultowski and Sgt. "Mouse" Pritchard were there from Avionics, and GySgt Sickles, Sgt.Mike Lilley, and SSgt.Poteet were there from Power Plants. I think Ssgt. Doc Halladay way there from Seat Shop, and I seem to remember SSgt. Buddy sickles from Power Plants also.

That was the time our XO, Major John Riley, drove his Skyhawk off the deck and ended up hanging over the side by his nosewheel! Ah me----to keelhauled by an aircraft carrier!
03/31/2010 @ 11:22 [ref: 25955]
 John Ozovek
 Binghamton, NY
I was on USS Enterprise in December, 1976, for VMA-223 carrier quals. SSgt. Jim Bacon and Ssgt Steve Aultowski and Sgt. "Mouse" Pritchard were there from Avionics, and GySgt Sickles, Sgt.Mike Lilley, and SSgt.Poteet were there from Power Plants. I think Ssgt. Doc Halladay way there from Seat Shop, and I seem to remember SSgt. Buddy sickles from Power Plants also.

That was the time our XO, Major John Riley, drove his Skyhawk off the deck and ended up hanging over the side by his nosewheel! Ah me----to keelhauled by an aircraft carrier!
03/31/2010 @ 11:21 [ref: 25953]
 Ronald Bets
 , CO
I was a pilot in vietnam.
02/01/2010 @ 10:22 [ref: 25663]
 Gy Shedal
 Yuma, AZ
Those cigar smokin' Bulldog patches are now on eBay. They are duplicates of the original except that they say "Great American Bulldogs" rather than just "Bulldogs." I'm listing patch purchasers on subsequent eBay auctions for the record. Take a look.
01/19/2010 @ 20:54 [ref: 25602]

 
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