Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk belonging to the Collings Foundation. How would you like to be in the backseat of this aircraft? Read more below.
The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Pilots called the Skyhawk: "Heinemann's Hot Rod;" The "Scooter;" and The "Tinkertoy" ("Tink" for short).The Skyhawk was designed by Edward Henry Heinemann as a single-seat carrier-borne attack bomber.
This plane enjoyed the longest production run of any tactical aircraft in the history of aviation, about 25 years! First flown in 1954, it was finally retired from U.S. Navy active duty in 2003. It is still in use as a civilian owned combat trainer, and with some foreign countries. The Skyhawk's contribution to the conflict in Southeast Asia is well documented. In the hands of courageous pilots, marine and navy alike, it was a superb close air support and interdiction weapon. Operating from the Yankee Station carriers, it was a spearhead for major strikes against the most heavily defended targets in the history of warfare. Based ashore below the seventeenth parallel, the marines put the bomber to excellent use. The Blue Angels flew the Skyhawk for many years. Top Gun instructors flying the Skyhawk whupped everything in the sky - including Tomcats, Phantoms, Crusaders, Hornets and Vipers. It has been said that the aircraft's most significant contribution evolves around how it proved that with diligent engineering, hard work and continuing cooperation between builder and buyer, wonders can be worked. Wonders that last a very long time!
The Collings Foundation announces that, for the first time ever, flight programs are now available to members of the public in a Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk. This once in a lifetime opportunity allows both pilots and non-pilots to experience one of the most important jet fighter of the Vietnam/Cold War era - from the best possible perspective, the cockpit of this legendary aircraft!
The TA-4J SKYHAWK TRAINING PROGRAM takes place at the Collings Foundation’s Houston, Texas facility. Each participant will take part in academic sessions on the aircraft, which will include presentation safety procedures, ejection seat training and cockpit orientation, before donning a Nomex flight-suit and strapping into one of the most powerful civilian operated fighter in the world. Flights will be personally tailored to each student’s interests and capabilities.
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