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Would You Buy An A-4 Skyhawk After Watching This Promotional Video?

This 70s-era McDonnell Douglas Sales Film Makes The Skyhawk Look Like a Dream

Official US Navy Photograph

Here at we know how much our people enjoy Skyhawks. This gem of a film was produced by McDonnell Douglas in the early 1970s to familiarize potential customers with their model A-4 model light attack jet- specifically the A-4M Skyhawk II, although they show but don’t mention the Mike model until about halfway through the picture. The A-4E, A-4F, TA-4F, and TA-4J are also shown. A Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake A-4C sneaks in to videobomb the film late. And as the film points out, Skyhawks had been flying combat missions over Vietnam for several years before the film was produced. When the last A-4 rolled off the production line in 1979, 2,960 of them had been built (all variants). Many Skyhawk fans would agree that wasn’t enough of them!

Skyhawks from VMA-311 Tomcats, VA-125 Rough Raiders, VA-127 Batmen, VA-164 Ghost Riders, VMT-103 Sky Chickens, VA-55 Warhorses, VMA-211 Wake Island Avengers, VT-22 Golden Eagles, and VA-56 Champions appear in the film. Some really nice quality air-to-air footage is included. Naturally the superior characteristics of the A-4M are listed, from the uprated Pratt & Whitney J52-P408 engine to the increased ammunition capacity for the internal twin 20 millimeter cannons, improved angle-rate bombing system, and larger cockpit enclosure.

There’s more, but the film does a better job listing the deltas between the Foxtrot and the Mike than I can. Enjoy this rare look at the A-4 Skyhawk!

Video posted on YouTube by Periscope Film.

Official US Marine Corps Photograph

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Bill Walton

Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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