Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rockin' The Show With the Bantam Bomber: The A-4 Skyhawk

The A-4 Skyhawk was one of the highlights of the show.

Designed by the prolific and brilliant airplane designer Ed Heinemann, 2,960 of these successful jet bombers were built and they can fly at over 600 miles per hour.

First entering service in 1956, the Skyhawk served the US military in Vietnam and beyond including with the Blue Angels, and with the Air Forces of Israel, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand,  and Kuwait and is still in service today with the Brazilian Navy.

The A-4 strutted its stuff not only on the tarmac but in the air.  It just plain zipped through the air, showing its speed and maneuverability in a thrilling show for the audience.

That's one sweet airplane.


Keads said...

Wish I could have been there. Nice hardware all the way around it seems.

Aaron said...

Keads: Yep, tons of flyable aviation history that you could see and enjoy up close.

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.45ACP+P said...

I heard Paul Galanti describe it as the last US air plane that cost under 1 million dollars.