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Scooter: The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Story [Hardcover]

Tommy Thomason


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Sept. 15 2011
Few modern military aircraft can claim the longevity and overall success enjoyed by the legendary Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Also known as the “Bantam Bomber” and “Scooter” the small, subsonic A-4 first flew in the mid-1950s during the burgeoning era of larger and much more complex supersonic jet fighters. The Skyhawk broke the mold, however, by becoming America's first simple, low-cost, and lightweight jet-powered attack aircraft. Still in use today in South America, the Skyhawk enjoyed a 25-year production run. A-4s achieved combat fame in the Falklands Islands War and the Vietnam War where one even scored a kill against a faster Soviet-built MiG. Used by the air arms of seven foreign countries as well as the U.S. Navy's famed Blue Angels Flight Demonstration team, the A-4 Skyhawk remains a fascination for naval aviation enthusiasts nearly six decades after it first took to the sky.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Crecy Publishing Ltd (Sept. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859791602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859791601
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #495,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Dec 12 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Hit Dec 18 2011
By JCAL - Published on Amazon.com
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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 .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Dec 29 2013
By J. Stoermer - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone with an interest in the A-4 Skyhawk family, this is a must have. Great reference for the scale modeler or the aviation enthusiast.

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