Scooter: The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Story Hardcover – Sep 15 2011
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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.
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.
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.
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 .
A very comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable book that I can highly recommend to all Skyhawk fans.