Operation: Central and Eastern USA
Wing Span: 27' 6"
Length: 38' 5"
Height: 14' 11"
Max Speed: 661 mph
Gross Weight: 22,500 lbs
Power Plant: Curtiss Wright J-65-W-16A
Thrust: 7,700 lbs
Fuel Capacity: Internal: 807 gallons.
External: 1,000 gallons
Armament: 2 x 20MM Colt MK12 Canon (100
rounds/gun) Hard points: 2 under wing 1 under
fuselage, capable of carrying a mix of Rocket
Pods, Missiles, Bombs or Drop Tanks.
Douglas A-4B Skyhawk
The Warbird Heritage Foundation (WHF) is the owner and
operator of this beautiful Douglas A-4B Skyhawk (S/N
11366/BuNo 142112) which is available for airshows, flybys and
The A-4 Skyhawk was a post Korean War U.S. attack
aircraft intended to be operated from aircraft carriers.
It was designed by Douglas Aircraft to satisfy the U.S.
Navy's need for a jet powered replacement for the A-1
Skyraider. The Skyhawk was successfully used by both the
USN and USMC, with the first model entering service in
October of 1956.
Skyhawk's were the Navy's primary light bomber during
the early years of the Vietnam War. A-4's carried out
some of the first U.S. air strikes of the war and a
Marine Skyhawk is believed to have dropped the last US
bombs on the country. Some of the notable A-4 pilots
during the war were Vice Admiral James Stockdale and
then LCDR John McCain. The Skyhawk continued in service
throughout the war, with a total of 362 being lost.
After Vietnam, the A-4 served as demonstration
aircraft for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels from 1973 through
1986. The Skyhawk's agility also made it popular as an
adversary training aircraft. The A-4 was the preferred
surrogate for the MIG-17 at the Navy Fighter Weapons
School (TOPGUN) until 1999. The Skyhawk has been used by
other countries in a variety of conflicts, including the
Falklands War. It was flown by the Kuwaiti Air Force in
Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
The aircraft remained in production until 1979. It's
U.S. military service ended with formal retirement from
the Navy on May 3, 2003. A total of 2,960 A-4's were
The Foundation's A-4B Skyhawk has Airborne Refueling
Capability and is currently painted to
represent aircraft BuNo 148609, an A-4C flown by LCDR
Ted "T.R." Swartz, a member of Squadron VA-76, operating
from the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
during the Vietnam War. On May 1, 1967, LCDR Swartz shot
down a MIG-17 over North Vietnam with an unguided ZUNI
rocket. This was the only air-to-air kill by a Skyhawk
during the Vietnam War.
Warbird Heritage Foundation
3000 Corporate Drive
Waukegan, IL 60087
Phone: (847) 244-8701
Fax: (847) 244-8703
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below if you are interested in contacting
the operator, or representative,
of this Warbird and you require more information for booking this
aircraft at your Airshow