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A-4C Skyhawk USN VA-153 Blue Tail Flies, Peter Mongilardi 

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A-4C Skyhawk USN VA-153 Blue Tail Flies, Peter Mongilardi

Historical Note:



The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps in the early 1950s. The delta winged, single turbojet engined Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later by McDonnell Douglas. It was originally designated A4D under the U.S. Navy's pre-1962 designation system.

The Skyhawk is a relatively lightweight aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds (11,100 kg) and has a top speed of more than 670 miles per hour (1,080 km/h). The aircraft's five hard points support a variety of missiles, bombs and other munitions. It was capable of carrying a bomb load equivalent to that of a World War II-era Boeing B-17 bomber, and could deliver nuclear weapons using a low-altitude bombing system and a "loft" delivery technique. The A-4 was originally powered by the Wright J65turbojet engine; from the A-4E onwards, the Pratt & Whitney J52 was used.

Info: A-4C Skyhawk Diecast Model USN VA-153 Blue Tail Flies, NL306, Peter Mongilardi, USS Coral Sea, Vietnam, June 25th 1965

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A-4C Skyhawk Startup and takeoff at Valiant Air Command (05:01)
This Douglas A-4C Skyhawk owned and operated by the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville Florida is currently the only operational Charlie model Skyhawk regularly flying in the United States. She was brought back to airworthiness after 4 years of restoration by Skyhawk Ventures LLC in Sanford Florida. 9606 is a true combat Veteran having sustained substantial damage while on her combat tour in Vietnam. A large 6ft hole was ripped into the port wing by enemy AAA fire. Losing fuel quickly her pilot opted to hook up with a tanker A-4 inorder to make it back to the carrier. Needless to say she did make it back from the mission. The A-4 regularly appears at airshows around the U.S. and is available for flight displays. Please visit http://www.valiantaircommand.com/ for more information.
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