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HA1433 A-4SU Super Skyhawk No.27, 150 Squadron, RSAF,
Saint-Dizier - Robinson Air Base, June 2011

The A-4 Skyhawk was designed by Ed Heinemann from the Douglas Aircraft Corporation and first flew in 1954. Designed as a lightweight single engine attack aircraft it was consider by many to be the most famous ever built in this category. The A-4 was the pioneer of the “buddy” air-to-air refueling concept where aircraft of the same type could transfer fuel from one to the other without the use of a dedicated tanker. . A total of 2,960 A-4 aircraft were produced with the USMC retiring the last one in 1996.

In late 1997 the RSAF Skyhawk training unit 143 was disbanded and its aircraft shipped to Cazaus Air Base in southwestern France. In 1998 the RSAF 150 Squadron was formed as the new training facility equipped with the A-4SU Super Skyhawks. The Cazaus AB would give the RSAF the ability to train and practice in areas over the Atlantic Ocean. On June 18 and 19, 2011 an air show was held at Saint-Dizier - Robinson Air Base and the RSAF 150 Squadron took part by sending two of its a-4SUs, number 27 and 33.

The A-4SU Super Skyhawk is a much improved variant of the RSAF A-4S.
Number produced – 150
Crew – 1 (2 in TA-4SU Trainer)
Dimensions
Length – 41 ft 9 ins
Wingspan – 27 ft 6 ins
Height – 15 ft
Weights
Empty – 10,250 lbs
Maximum takeoff – 22,500 lbs
Performance
Powerplant – 1 X General Electric F404-GE-100D turbofan producing 48.4 kN (10,800 lbf) thrust
Maximum speed – 700 mph
Ferry range – 2,000 mi with 3 drop tanks
Service ceiling – 40,000 ft
Rate of climb – 10.913 ft/min
Armament
Guns – 2 X 30 mm ADEN cannons with 200 rounds/gun
Hardpoints – 5
1 X centerline fuselage
4 X under wing pylons that can carry a capacity of 9,000 lbs of assorted munitions
Rockets
LAU-5003 rocket pods capable of carrying 19 X 70 mm CRV7 rockets
Or
LAU-10 rocket pods carrying 4 X 127 mm Zuni rockets
Or
Matra rocket pods carrying 18 X 68 mm SNEB rockets
Missiles
AIM-9 Sidewinders Air-to-air
Or
AGM-65 Maverick Air-to-surface
Bombs
Paveway LGB
Or
Mark 80 unguided bombs
Up to 3 X 370 U.S. gallons external drop tanks