USN NWEF Douglas A-4M Skyhawk II
First Albuquerque Visit: 1970
The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was a single-seat subsonic carrier-capable light attack aircraft designed and produced by the Douglas Aircraft Company, and later, the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. It was originally designated the A4D under the United States Navy’s pre-1962 designation system.
The USN A-4M Skyhawk II was a dedicated US Marine version of the aircraft with improved avionics, a more powerful J52-P-408 engine, an enlarged cockpit, and an IFF system. The aircraft was later fitted with Hughes AN/ASB-19 Angle Rate Bombing System (ARBS) with TV and laser spot tracker. There were 158 models of this aircraft were built.
The Navy Weapons Evaluation Facility (NWEF) located at Kirtland AFB performed tests on the A-4M Skyhawk II for weapons capabilities. The tests were conducted on aircraft #158154 in 1970 and 1971.
Other A-4 Skyhawk’s were frequent visitors to Kirtland AFB as transient aircraft.
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