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Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk 158073


The Douglas TA-4J was the two seat trainer version of the A-4 Skyhawk.

555 two-seat trainer models were constructed. The trainer version replaced the TF-9J Cougar until it was replaced by the T-45 Goshawk. The TA-4 did not have the ability to use the inflight buddy refueling pod, but the midair refueling probe was retained. The outer underwing pylons were removed, reducing the number of pylons to three. The deletion of the offensive weapons capability resulted in a reduction in the empty weight of 230 pounds. A lower-rated J52-P-6 engine was installed. The twin 20-mm cannon were retained, but one or both of these guns were usually removed in the field. The TA-4Js were painted in a white with red trim painting scheme, which replaced the grey and white scheme of fleet Skyhawks. The TA-4J flew for the first time on December 17, 1968. It entered service with VT-21 in mid-1969. The primary role of the TA-4J was to train carrier pilots. Many TA-4F airframes were converted to TA-4J configuration by removal of their offensive weapons systems. Several TA-4Js were used in support roles, including that of adversary aircraft.

They were retired from front line squadrons in 1978. The Marines began retiring them in the mid-1980s and were complete by 1994. The US Navy retired their last aircraft in 2003.

TECHNICAL NOTES
Length
40 feet, 3 inches
Wingspan
26 feet, 6 inches
Height
15 feet
Empty Weight
10,450 pounds
Max. Takeoff Weight
24,500 lb (11,136 kg)
Powerplant
1 × Pratt & Whitney J52-P8A turbojet
Max. Speed
673 mph
Range
1,700 nm
Rate of Climb
8,440 ft/min

AIRCRAFT HISTORY

The museum's Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk, Navy Bureau of Aeronautics No. 158073, c/n 14110, served with Training Squadron TWENTY-ONE VT-21 Redhawks at NAS Kingsville, Texas. The aircraft then went to Training Squadron SEVEN VT-7 Eagles, at NASMeridian, Mississippi, where as an Advanced Jet Trainer it made many landings on the USS Lexington. From 1986 until 1994 the TA-4 was with Training Wing TWO at NAS Kingsville, Texas, where it was finally retired. In 1995, the jet was put on static display at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth until 2009. It arrived in Fort Worth in 2009. It is painted in a tan camouflage pattern of desert adversary aircraft. This aircraft is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum.

UNIT INSIGNIA
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VT-21

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VT-7

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NAS Meridian

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NAS Kingsville

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JRB Fort Worth

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Training Wing 2