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Scooter: The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Story Hardcover – Sep 15 2011

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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Crecy Publishing Ltd (Sept. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859791602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859791601
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #563,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Superb! Dec 12 2011
By AH-1Z - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One of the best books ever written on the A-4. Just when you thought there was little else to be revealed about this famous attack aircraft, a book like this comes along and opens your eyes again.

As with Mr. Thomas' other books, this is written with a goodly amount of detail, yet in an eminently readable style. Also, unlike too many books on a particular aircraft, this books tells its story "warts and all". It talks about the brilliance of the design and what it does, but also is open about where the problems were. It shows the A-4's capabilities to great advantage, and also honestly discusses why it was replaced in naval service (the A-7 may not have been as much fun to fly in a good pilot's hands, but it was a considerably better attack aircraft--of course it was also newer). The myriad models and stillborn variants are clearly covered in detail, and there are enough "war stories" included that this doesn't just end up as some dry tome.

This book is highly, HIGHLY recommended.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Ultimate Skyhawk Book Nov. 29 2011
By Boom Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely everything you want to know about the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Thomason has outdone himself. He gets into details and history this former Scooter pilot did not know. Besides a superb collection of photographs, the book is illustrated with useful diagrams including some by Thomason himself when what he wanted was unavailable. Besides the development history and US Navy's use of the A-4 in combat, SCOOTER has good coverage of the A-4's many other roles, especially as an adversary aircraft, and use by other nations including Israeli and Argentine combat. That the book was endorsed by the Sykhawk Assc. points up the quality of SCOOTER.

Add Peter Mersky's US NAVY AND MARINE CORPS A-4 SKYHAWK UNITS OF THE VIETNAM WAR (Osprey Combat Aircraft #69) and you will need no other books on this marvelous airplane.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Solid Hit Dec 18 2011
By JCAL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Tommy H. Thomason has produced a great volume. I would have liked to have seen more chapters on systems and engines, (In particular the installation of F404 in the A-4S. and systems. But the coverage of the overseas operators is very good.
He did miss two private operators of the A-4, there was one out Chino in the mid '80's that was featured in a Pepsi commercial and another one brought back to flyable condition by David Strait(?) at Addison, Texas in the late '80's.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a must have ! for Skyhawk Lovers Dec 10 2012
By Ian Warren - Published on Amazon.com
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This book would have to be the number one to have on you shelf about the Douglas A4 Skyhawk, covering every aspect from the weight of ejector seat the design - the early concept and mockups with drawings and photos to match .

You then go through its trials and testing the prototype and comparing it to the other possibles and some of the madcap idea's they were thinking about in the mid to late 1950s again very well illustrated in design drawings and photos .

We then progress further well until is the aircraft gos through its carrier trials and introduction to its operational deployment then going through it career . Also added is the many countries who used the scooter - this book with a whooping 272 pages in hi-quality gloss print with many hundreds of colour photos , you won't be disappointed .
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great book Oct. 15 2012
By Brad - Published on Amazon.com
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From a fellow aviation writer who wrote an earlier book on the Skyhawk, I rate this one as excellent. There is a good amount of interesting and behind the scenes data revealed here that is not previously developed. Tommy did an excellent job of breathing new life into the A-4 story and it should be considered a must in the collection of anyone interested (or who flew) in this great aircraft or in Vietnam War air operations.

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