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Small, but deadly: The A-4 Skyhawk
The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was a single seat, attack aircraft used by U.S. Navy and Marine Corps throughout the Vietnam War. The delta winged, single turbojet engined Skyhawk was fast, maneuverable, Skyhawks were well loved by their crews for being tough and agile.
Capable fo traveling at speeds just under Mach 1, the A-4 Skyhawk had a service ceiling of 42, 250 feet and had a range of around 2,000 miles.
Armed with two 20mm cannons, the Skyhawk had five hard points and could carry almost 9,900 pounds of ordnance, making it a deadly aircraft.
Due to its small size, the Skyhawk could be operated from the older, smaller World War II-era aircraft carriers still used by many smaller navies during the 1960s, and as such the Skyhawk enjoyed great success on the export market and was purchased by a number of other nations.
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