Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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