Author’s note:  This is the first of a multiple part series on the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. This piece focuses on the American utilization of the Scooter. A second piece will highlight the many foreign users. Skyhawks forever!

Small For a Good Reason

When renowned aerospace designer Ed Heinemann of Douglas drew the Skyhawk, he would be replacing one of the largest single-engine propeller driven fighter-bombers ever built with what turned out to be one of the smallest, lightest attack jets…

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