Tag: A-4 Skyhawk

Former US Naval Aviator provides an A-4 Vs A-7 Technical Comparison
‘It came down to a great little airplane, the A-4, being less capable overall than a larger and more efficient airplane, the A-7, which could get more bombs off the bow. For sheer fun in flying though, I'd take a Super Fox A-4 over any other aircraft,’ CAPT T.J. (Jeff) Brown, Jr.
Did you know that the Argentine Navy could have been the firs export customer for the Harrier Jump Jet?
The UK was not against a Harrier sale, as the situation regarding the Malvinas/Falkland Islands was relatively satisfactory at that time. In 1963, the Argentine Naval Aviation Command's front-line fighters were the Vought F4U-5 Corsair and Grumman F9F-2 Panther, which were both becoming obsolete, especially the former. The force sought to buy the...
Man on A Missile: Former Blue Angels CO explains why the Team chose the A-4 Skyhawk to Replace the F-4 Phantom
“The overall weight reduction was significant. We ended up with an airplane that weighed 11,300 pounds and we had an engine that produced 11,400 pounds thrust,” Ken Wallace former Blue Angels CO. After a series of accidents and maintenance problems with their McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantoms in the 1973 air show...
The Incredible Story of the IAF A-4 Pilot who completed his first flight on the Skyhawk during the first combat sortie of "Yom Kippur" War
"Only three pilots in the entire history dared to go on a combat sortie in an aircraft they never flown before. I am about to become fourth," Maj. Gen. Giora Rom, IAF former A-4 pilot Three days before the “Yom Kippur” war, Maj. Gen. Giora Rom assumed command of Skyhawk squadron, after its previous commander was killed. As Rom Himself...
"Mayday, mayday, Mav's in trouble, he's in a flat spin!"- A comparison between the ejection scene from Top Gun and a real bail out from an F-14 Tomcat
Accurate or not, Top Gun does portray one thing to a tee, namely the supreme confidence and nerve of the young naval aviator and naval flight officer. Fly Navy! Author David G Powers examines the ejection scene from the legendary movie Top Gun and asks how well this stands up to examination in real life in Issue 13 “Grumman F-14 Tomcat” of...
Remembering the Shootdown of Lt. Commander John McCain over Hanoi
Due to his father's status as an admiral, John McCain was offered early release, but refused - citing the American Fighting Man's Code of Conduct principle of "first in, first out": he would only accept the offer if every man taken in before him was released as well With the following article, titled Breaking the Chain... The Shootdown of Lt....
This U.S. Naval Aviator helped renconstruct and train the Kuwait Air Force after invasion of Kuwait by Iraq
"There was a day we returned from an air strike and a Kuwaiti A-4KU pilot was as happy as he could be when he delivered a 500-pound bomb right to the front door of the headquarters office — until he realized that it was his old office," Commander Robert E. Noziglia, Jr. On Jan. 17, 1991, the U.S. and other...
Gorgeous vintage footage features Jaguar M trials aboard Clemenceau aircraft carrier
French Navy opted to buy the Super Etendard which was no better or worse than the Jaguar M, but yet again it was the chance to buy a solely home grown product against one jointly developed with the British Taken in the 1970, the interesting footage in this post shows the trials of the short lived Jaguar M aboard the...
To realistically carry out their duty U.S. Navy adversary pilots need the best aircraft to simulate the bandits during DACT sorties Replicating the real world threat that American fighter pilots can encounter in an air-to-air engagement is the primary task of U.S. Navy adversary pilots, hence to realistically carry out their duty, they need the best aircraft to simulate the...
The story of a tense CAP flown by two Royal Navy Sea Harrier fighters during the Falklands War
The Sea Harrier was dubbed by Argentine pilots “La Muerta Negra” (The Black Death) because of its Extra Dark Sea Grey colour scheme which made it very difficult to spot over land or sea The story of a tense combat air patrol sortie flown by two Royal Navy Sea Harrier fighters during Operation Sutton. Royal Navy Sea Harriers proved their worth...