Douglas A4 Skyhawk History : What Are Its Upgrades?

Introduction In the 1950s, the US Navy was seeking a replacement for their piston-powered Douglas AD Skyraider. They set clear expectations of a carrier-capable, jet-powered light-attack aircraft. Required parameters were a top speed not less than 500mph, a combat radius of 345 miles with a 2000 lb weapons load, and a maximum takeoff weight of …

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