SCOOTER: The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Story
by Tommy H. Thomason
Few modern military aircraft can claim the longevity and overall success enjoyed by the legendary Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Also known as the “Bantam Bomber” and “Scooter” the small, subsonic A-4 first flew in the mid-1950s during the burgeoning era of larger and much more complex supersonic jet fighters. The Skyhawk broke the mold, however, by becoming America's first simple, low-cost, and lightweight jet-powered attack aircraft. Still in use today in South America, the Skyhawk enjoyed a 25-year production run.
A-4s achieved combat fame in the Falklands Islands War and the Vietnam War where one even scored a kill against a faster Soviet-built MiG. Used by the air arms of seven foreign countries as well as the U.S. Navy's famed Blue Angels Flight Demonstration team, the A-4 Skyhawk remains a fascination for naval aviation enthusiasts nearly six decades after it first took to the sky.
"This book is well written, interesting, and informative. This book is highly recommended to any enthusiast of modern naval aviation." -IPMS, December 2011
8.5 x 11"
250 black and white and 100 color photos plus 50 illustrations
ISBN 13: 9780859791601
ID #: AD160