Douglas A4D-1 “Skyhawk”

Douglas A4D-1 “Skyhawk” at the New England Air Museum


Type:   Sub-sonic carrier-based attack fighter
Crew:   1
Armament:   2 X 20mm cannons; up to 5,000 lbs. ordinance on three external hardpoints
Length:   41' 4”
Height:   15'
Wingspan:   27' 6”
Rotor Diameter:   
Empty Weight:   10,400 lbs.
Gross Weight:   17,000 lbs.
Cruise Speed:   465 mph
Maximum Speed:   664 mph
Range:   920 mi.
Service Ceiling:   49,000'
Powerplant:   Wright J-65-W-4 Turbojet
Year:   1956
Serial No.:   142219
Location:   Military Hangar

This small and speedy attack aircraft was designed in 1954 by chief engineer Ed Heinemann of Douglas and earned the nickname “Heinemann's Hotrod.” It was a jet successor to the prop-driven Douglas A-1 Skyraider. The A-4's were produced for more than 26 years in many variants. They served the US Navy and Marines in carrier and land use with major roles during Vietnam.

This model (the 210th built) replaced a similar model which was destroyed in the 1979 tornado at the museum. It came from Memphis, TN, Naval Air Station.

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