The Skyhawk entered service in 1956 and was mostly used by Navy and Marine personnel. The Skyhawk was nicknamed “The Scooter” by carrier based pilots because of its nimble performance. When built, it was a prime aircraft and served with the Blue Angels, the Navy’s precision demonstration team. The Skyhawk could carry “dumb” bombs standard free fall weapons, as well as laser-guided and other “smart” bombs. The Skyhawk was a single seat attack aircraft that was used effectively in Vietnam.
- Wingspan: 27’ 6”
- Length: 40’ 3 3/4”
- Height: 15’
- Gross Weight: 22,500 lbs.
- Armament: two 20mm guns, 5,000 lbs. of external stores on five pylons
- Power Plant: one 7,700 lb. S.T. Pratt & Whitney j-65-w-4
- MANUFACTURER: McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Company
- Maximum Speed: 670 mph.
- Range: 2,000 miles
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida.