|Aircraft role||Ground Attack Aircraft|
|Manufacturer||Douglas Aircraft Company/McDonnell Douglas|
|Real-world origin||United States of America|
|AC installments||Ace Combat 2|
|Primary operator||Usean Rebel Forces|
|Secondary operators||Special Tactical Fighter Squadron "Scarface"|
The McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a lightweight, single engine carrier-launched naval attack aircraft. The mission of an A-4 attack squadron is to attack and to destroy surface targets in support of the landing force commander, escort helicopters, and conduct other operations as directed.
The aircraft is of conventional post-WW2 design, with a low-mounted delta-like wing, tricycle undercarriage, and a single turbojet engine in the rear fuselage, with intakes on the fuselage sides. The tail is of cruciform design, with the horizontal stabilizer mounted above the fuselage. Armament consisted of two 20mm Colt Mk.12 Autocannon, one in each wing root, with 200 rounds per gun, plus a large variety of bombs, rockets, and missiles, including the "Walleye" TV -guided missile carried on a hardpoint under the fuselage centerline and hardpoints under each wing (originally one per wing, later two). The last bombing mission in Vietnam was flown by the A-4.
Skyhawks were well loved by their crews for being tough and agile, and as a result, adopted by the US Navy Blue Angels as a replacement for the ageing F-4 Phantoms. Being small, it does not require folding wings like other carrier-borne aircraft. These attributes, along with its low price tag (less than US$ 1M) and easy maintenance, have contributed to the popularity of the A-4 both with American armed forces and internationally. Skyhawks later were used by the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, also known as "Top Gun". The instructors flew them in mock dogfights with their students. The A-4 was used to simulate the MiG-17 Fresco. Skyhawks were used in Vietnam to perform a variety of missions, from convoy attack to the bombing of bridges.
- Gun: 2x 20mm Colt Mk.12 Autocannon
- Missiles: AIM-9L Sidewinder
- UGB: Mk-83 1000 kg Bomb
Ace Combat 2Edit
- Power: 35
- Defense: 30
- Mobility: 30
- Stability: 90
- Climbing Ability: 30
- Air-to-Air: 40
- Air-to-Ground: 60
- The Ace Combat Series
- Global Security.org
- Fighter Planes.com
- Federation of American Scientists Military Analysis Network