A-4 Skyhawk (including RC airplanes)





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P&W J52
11,200 lbs.
10,465 lbs.
22,500 lbs.
2- 20 mm
8,200 lbs.
41 ft. 9 in.
26 ft. 6 in.
700 mph
8,440 fpm
40,000 feet
2,000 miles
6/22/54
1956

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A-4 Skyhawk
The A-4 Skyhawk, designed by Ed Heinmann and produced by McDonnell Douglas is an example of the success of a small, light weight, highly maneuverable jet bomber with a long service life.
The A-4 Skyhawk was nicknamed “the scooter” or “hot rod” by its pilots who found it one of their favorites. 
The A-4 Skyhawk first flew in 1954 as one of nine prototype aircraft designated XAD-1.  The U.S. Navy was so impressed with the aircraft that an initial request was made to purchase the aircraft.  By 1956 A-4 Skyhawk aircraft were being deployed to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
The U.S. Navy VA-72 attack squadron was the first to have the A-4 Skyhawk become operational.  The aircraft could fit on smaller aircraft carriers and didn’t need folding wings.  This reduced its weight and need for maintenance. The aircraft was some half the weight of its contemporaries and could fly at near supersonic speeds at low altitudes.
Through the years the A-4 Skyhawk continued to be upgraded.  The initial models A, B and C were powered by the Wright J65 license built British Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire engine producing 8,200 lbf. thrust.  Thereafter A-4 Skyhawk aircraft were powered by the Pratt & Whitney J52 engine producing 9,300 lbf. of thrust. 
USMC A-4M Skyhawk
A-4 Skyhawk model M
The A-4 Skyhawk model F, the last Skyhawk version,  was identifiable due to a hump on its dorsal that housed its avionics. 

The A-4M Skyhawk, deployed in 1970 and used by the U.S. Marine Corps was considered its ultimate development.  It had an enlarged canopy for improved pilot view, and double the ordnance capacity of the original Skyhawk.  It was powered with the most powerful engine ever fitted to the Skyhawk, the Pratt & Whitney J52-P-408 engine producing some 11,200 lbf. of thrust.  The aircraft remained in production until 1979.  It was used by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demo team from 1974 until 1985.

In 1955 the A-4 Skyhawk set a 500 km closed course speed record of 695 mph.

The A-4 Skyhawk was the main tactical aircraft of the United States Navy during the early Vietnam War. They carried out some of the first bombing missions of the war and are believed to also have dropped the last U.S. ordnance of the war.

During the 1982 Falklands War, despite lacking any electronic or missile self defense, A-4 Skyhawk aircraft of the Argentine Air Force damaged and sunk British ships.  On May 12, the aircraft disabled the HMS Glasgow.  On May 21 they attacked the British forces landing at San Carlos.  On May 25, A-4 Skyhawk aircraft sank the destroyer HMS Conventry. In all, 22 of the aircraft were lost or shot down during the war.

Israeli A-4 Skyhawk aircraft were used extensively during the 1973 Yom Kipper War.  They were also used by the armed forces of Australia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

A total of some 2,960 of the A-4 Skyhawk aircraft were built through 1980.  Many A-4 Skyhawk aircraft continued in operation into the 2000’s.

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RC A-4 Skyhawk
The RC A-4 Skyhawk from Freewing is PNP with a wingspan of 37 in. and length of 56 in.  A 3530-1850 kV motor turns an 80 mm EDF.
The Alfa Models RC A-4 Skyhawk wingspan is 22 in. and length is 29 in. Controls are engine, elevator, and ailerons.

You can read what Jack Roberts has to say about his RC A-4 Skyhawk by Alfa Models in the comments below.

The RC A-4 Skyhawk from Yellow Aircraft features a fiberglass fuselage and comes in two wing sizes. The sport wing has a span of 45″ and the scale wing has a span of 40 in. Fuselage length is 56 in. Weigh can be between 9 and 11 lbs.

The RC A-4 Skyhawk by Jet Hanger Hobbies is 1/8 scale, has a fiberglass fuselage with wood sheeted wings. The length is 57 in. and wingspan is 47 in.

Tamjets has the RC A-4 Skyhawk with a 48 in. wingspan and 70 in. length. A turbine engine that has from 13 to 17 1/2 lbs. of thrust is the suggested power necessary to propel the approximately 19 1/2 lb. aircraft.

Century Jet Models has the RC A-4 Skyhawk. It has a 56 in. wingspan and a length of 85 in. You will need from 17 -27 lb. thrust turbine power.




2 thoughts on “A-4 Skyhawk (including RC airplanes)”

  1. I recently purchased the RC A-4 Skyhawk from Alfa Models. It was well packaged and arrived without any damage. Although made from a light hollow foam, once assembled, it is tough. It took me just two nights, working about 3 hours at a time, to put it together. Plastic protects the parts that contact the ground. The RC A-4 Skyhawk comes already painted. Once the included decals are applied it looks great in the air. I use the recommended Jet Screamer motor with the included fan unit. The RC A-4 Skyhawk from Alfa Models is really fast and has almost unlimited vertical with the combination. However, it slows down nicely for landings. Nice touches are a battery compartment accessed through the canopy. It is secured with magnets. Also the wing bottoms have the c/g marked on them. I highly recommend the RC A-4 Skyhawk by Alpha Models.

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