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McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

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The creation of Douglas chief engineer, Ed Heinemann, the Skyhawk went against the 1950's trend for ever larger combat a/c. Initially weighing less than half the 30,000 lbs stipulated by the US Navy, the A-4 quickly showed is was still capable of carrying out all missions required of it. By Vietnam, the A-4 had become the backbone of the Navy and Marine Corps light attack force and has seen active service extended to current times.

General:

Type: Fighter

Crew: 1

Seating: 1

First Flight: 22/Jun/1954

Specifications

 

Propulsion

 

Performance

 

Length:

Height:

Wingspan:

Empty Weight:

Gross Weight:

40'  3.25"

15'  0"

27'  6"

10,500 lbs.

27420 lbs.

No. Engines:

Horsepower:

Powerplant:

1

11200 #st per engine

Pratt & Whitney J52-P-408A

Range (ferry):

Speed (max):

Speed (cruise):

Climb:

Ceiling:

2055  miles 

675 mph

- mph

5600 ft/sec

- ft

Armament:

2x20mm Mk 12 cannon in wing roots, plus a large variety and combination of rockets, bombs & missiles.

     

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