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Douglas A-4 Skyhawk: books - history, models and technology

A book on the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk? Here are illustrated books on the history, models and technology of Douglas aircraft.

Douglas A-4 M/N/AR Skyhawk: Flying with air forces around the world (Duke Hawkins)

This beautiful Duke Hawkins photo book extensively presents the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, in service with the US Marines Corps and the Air Forces of Israel, Argentina and Brazil.
The book contains not only action shots, but also many "walkaround" photos that show details of the aircraft from different angles. Chapters on cockpit, fuselage, armament and maintenance work.

The series "Aircraft in Detail" arose from the collaboration between pilots, aircraft technicians and modellers. This volume (No. 14) on the Douglas A-4 M/N/AR/AF-1 Skyhawk is illustrated with a large number of very high quality color photographs, most of which have never been published before.

Author:Robert Pied, Nicolas Deboeck
Specs:116 pages, 24 x 15.5 x 2 cm / 9 x 6.1 x 0.79 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous colour photographs
Publisher:HMH Publications (B, 2020)
Series:Aircraft in Detail (14)
Book: Douglas A-4 M/N/AR Skyhawk: Flying with air forces around the world (Duke Hawkins)

Douglas A-4 M/N/AR Skyhawk: Flying with air forces around the world

Language: English

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A-4 Skyhawk - Pilot's Flight Operation Instructions

Designed by Douglas Aircraft Co.'s brilliant engineer Ed Heinemann, the turbojet powered, delta-wing A-4 Skyhawk played a key role in conflicts from Vietnam to the Falklands and Yom Kippur Wars.
The Skyhawk was intended to replace the venerable Skyraider as a carrier-based, ground attack aircraft, yet Heinemann's design looked nothing like its predecessor. Its small, lightweight airframe was so compact that its wings did not even have to be folded for carrier stowage, and it surpassed the Navy's design specification for weight by nearly 100%. No wonder the nimble jet was dubbed "Heinemann's Hot Rod".

The A-4 entered service in 1956, and first saw combat during the early days of the Vietnam War where it flew as a light attack aircraft. Its service in S.E. Asia was prolific, as it flew literally thousands of strike and escort missions and even scored an air-to-air victory over a North Vietnamese MiG. A Marine A-4 is believed to be the last American aircraft to drop bombs on Vietnam. During the conflict 362 Skyhawks were lost.

The Navy retired the Skyhawk in 1975, although it continued flying as a trainer and adversary aircraft as late as 2003. Nearly 3,000 Skyhawks were built before production ceased in 1979, including a two-seat trainer model TA-4. The Skyhawk was widely exported and saw combat with the air forces of Kuwait, Israel and Argentina.

This pilot's manual was originally classified "restricted" but has now been declassified and is here reprinted in book form.

Author:United States Air Force
Specs:310 pages, 25.5 x 21.5 x 1.8 cm / 10 x 8.5 x 0.71 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2009)
Series:Pilot's Flight Operation Instructions

Israeli A-4 Skyhawk Units in Combat (Osprey)

The light and agile A-4 Skyhawk was the first modern American jet to be offered to the Israeli Air Force, marking the point where the US took over from France as Israel's chief military supplier. Deliveries began too late for the A-4 to fight in the Six-Day War, but it soon formed the backbone of the IAF's ground-attack force.
From 1969 to 1970 it flew endless sorties against Egyptian forces in the War of Attrition. Then, during the Yom Kippur War, five squadrons of A-4s saw combat and 50 planes were lost as they battled against the Arab armored onslaught.
Using previously unpublished first-hand accounts and rare photography from the IAF archives and pilots' private collections, Shlomo Aloni tells the definitive history of the IAF's A-4 squadrons, including the story of Ezra "BABAN" Dotan who became an ace with an unique double-kill of MiG17s.

1) Ahit Origins
2) Attrition War
3) Between Wars
4) Yom Kippur War Day 1 to Day 3
5) Yom Kippur War Day 4 to Day 8
6) Yom Kippur War Day 9 to Day 19
7) Syria and Lebanon Again

Author:Shlomo Aloni
Specs:96 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.7 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2009)
Series:Combat Aircraft (81)
Book: Israeli A-4 Skyhawk Units in Combat (Osprey)

Israeli A-4 Skyhawk Units in Combat

Language: English

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