TA-4 SKYHAWK - USS LEXINGTON Museum on the bay in Corpus Christi, Texas


TA-4J SKYHAWK

 

The initial two seat Skyhawk took to the air for the first time on 30 June 1965. Based on an A-4F airframe, the forward fuselage was stretched twenty-eight inches and a second cockpit added by reducing the size of the fuselage fuel tank. Three two-seat versions were produced. The EA-4F was flown by the Electronic Counter Measures “Aggressor” Squadron VAQ-33, electronically simulating enemy missiles for training purposes. The TA-4F Fast Forward Air Control version was fully combat capable; the Ta-4J was intended solely as a trainer in the Advanced Strike Syllabus phase of Navy pilot training.
TA-4J’s were also used as adversary aircraft at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (“TOPGUN”) going up against F-14 Tomcats and F/A-18 Hornets in air “combat.”

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Wingspan: 27’6”
  • Length: 42’ 7”
  • Height: 15’
  • Gross Weight: 24,500 lbs.
  • Armament: Two 20mm cannons, 100 rounds each, 6000 lbs ordnance
  • Power Plant: one 7,700 lb. S.T. Pratt & Whitney j-65-w-4
  • MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A 9300 lbs. thrust turbojet

PERFORMANCE

  • Maximum Speed: 586 knots/675 mph
  • Rate of climb: 5,750 ft/min
  • Service Ceiling: 40,400’
  • Range: 909 nautical miles
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida.


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