TA-4J Skyhawk

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Manufacturer: McDonnell-Douglas
Designation: TA-4
Version: J
Nickname: Skyhawk, Scooter, Hot Rod
Equivalent to:  
Type: Attack/Fighter-Trainer
Length: 43'  
Height: 15'  
Wingspan: 27' 6"  
Crew 2  
Armament two 20mm cannons  
Payload: 8200 lbs Kg
Max Weight 27,000 lbs  
No. of Engines: 1
Powerplant: Pratt Whitney JS2-P-8
Thrust (each): 9300 lbs  
Range: miles Km
Cruise Speed: mph Km/H  
Max Speed: 675 Mph    
Climb: Ft/min  
Ceiling: Ft  


This aircraft was built primarily as an advanced pilot trainer for the U.S.
Navy. Its earlier single seat cousins the "B, C, E, & F" model's, were used
extensively in the Vietnam War along with the U.S. Marines "M" model. The
Skyhawk saw many different roles in the US military and foreign countries as
well. Nearly 3,000 were built. As an "Agressor" the A-4 pilots would train F-18
and F-14 pilots air combat techniques and also play adversary with Air Force
bombers, and foreign Air Forces as well. With a 720 degree per second roll rate,
the A-4 "Scooter" could "roll over" and get a clear shot from behind before the
larger fighter could see him. This aircraft was one of the last active Skyhawks
in service. Her last flight was April 24th, 2003, flying from NAS Roosevelt
Roads,VC-8, Puerto Rico, to March Field Air Museum.