The McDonnell TA-4J Skyhawk began service for the United States Navy in 1956 as light attack aircraft. The Skyhawk was produced to serve as a flexible mission aircraft with both one and two-seat variants. The two-seat model was most commonly used for training. The combination of the aircraft’s small lightweight airframe and 9,300-pound thrust Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8 turbojet engine, lead to its most popular nickname “Heinemann’s Hot Rod.”
The aircraft featured in the video was given construction #13590 by Douglas Aircraft Company. When the aircraft was delivered to the U.S Navy on July 24, 1967, the Navy assigned a Bureau Number 153524. (Note, in the video you can see the number 3524 marked on the vertical stabilizer.) Production ended in 1979, with a total of over 3,000 Skyhawks manufactured.
Even though production had ended, the aircraft continues to actively serve in air forces around the globe today. #524 was retired from the Navy on August 5, 1994 completing a total of 6496.6 flight hours. The Collings Foundation acquired the Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk featured in the video through Congressional action in October 2000. In 2004, Number 524 was transported by truck to AvCraft in Myrtle Beach, SC for a restoration.
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