A-4 (A4D) Skyhawk (quarterdeck)

Douglas Aircraft Company

"A study in simplicity, the A-4 Skyhawk resulted from Douglas Aircraft Company designer Ed Heinemann's concern about the increasing weight and cost of combat aircraft appearing during the 1950s. The A-4 ran counter to this trend, incorporating a small delta wing that eliminated the need for a heavy wing-folding mechanism for improved storage aboard aircraft carriers. Additionally, engineers reduced the number of cockpit components and redesigned the pilot ejection system in order to reduce weight. Read more »

Description (physical):

Length: 40 ft., 1 in.; Height: 15 ft., 2 in.; Wingspan: 27 ft., 6 in.

1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32508
National Naval Aviation Museum