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HA1419 Douglas A-4Q "Skyhawk" A-314, Lt. Marcelo Gustavo Marquez, ARMADA, Falklands, May 1982

Designed to replace the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider the Skyhawk first flew in 1954. Its small size was a radical departure from the normal “Big” thinking of the time. The USN first took delivery in late 1956 with the USMC receiving theirs 3 months later. Over the years many nicknames were used, “Tinker Toy”, “Heinemann’s Hotrod” (the designer was Ed Heinemann), with the E and F models labeled the “Camel” because of the electronics hump along the dorsal. Probably the most well known nickname used for the 2,960 A-4’s that were produced is “Scooter”.

On May 21, 1982, during the Falkland/Malvinas War, three Argentine A-4Q Skyhawks from 3 Escuadrilla de Caza y Ataque attacked HMS Ardent. The A-4Qs normally operated from the aircraft carrier “25 de Mayo” but this operation was launched from a ground base. Several bombs hit HMS Ardent but during their escape all 3 aircraft were shot down by Sea Harriers. Two of the pilots managed to bail out but the third aircraft A-314 flown by Lt. Marcelo Gustavo Marquez burst into flames in mid-air and he was killed.

Specifications McDonnell Douglas A-4C
Crew – 1 Pilot Dimensions
Length – 40ft 3in Wingspan – 27ft 6in Height – 14ft 11in
Empty – 10,450 lbs Loaded – 18,300 lbs Gross – 24,500 lbs
Powerplant – 1 x Wright J-65-W-20 non-afterburning turbojet, 8,200 lbs. of thrust Maximum Speed – 673 mph Combat Radius – 1,000 miles Ferry Range – 2,130 miles Service Ceiling – 42,250 ft Maximum Rate of Climb – 8,440 ft/min