YouTube – A-4 Skyhawk
2- 20 mm
41 ft. 9 in.
26 ft. 6 in.
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.
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.