Tag: A-4 Skyhawk

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...
The story of the A-4 Mongoose, the light attack plane that became the perfect adversary aircraft
Because of its air-to-air prowess the A-4 was soon nicknamed Mongoose, and provided to most fighter pilots the experience necessary to prepare them for actual combat Even if the legendary Douglas A-4 was designed as a simple light weight Navy carrier attack plane, the Skyhawk served in many different roles such as aerial refueling, nuclear strike and also as adversary...
That time an Israeli Air Force F-15 Baz landed with one wing missing
The F-15 Baz No. 957 would eventually be repaired and after having scored three air-to-air victories during the 1982 Lebanon War, it shared the kill of another Syrian MiG-23 on Nov. 19, 1985 On May 1, 1983, while performing a dissimilar air combat training (DACT) mission over the Negev, an Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-15 Baz (actually the F-15D No. 957)...
The last time an A-4 visited the Air Tattoo was 1977, when a small number of A-4Gs from 805 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, visited Royal Air Force (RAF) Greenham Common This year Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) will have a special guest. In fact an A-4N Skyhawk from a fleet operated by Discovery Air Defence, based at Wittmund, will make a...

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