DOUGLAS A-4 SKYHAWK-LUGGAE TAG
The Scooter, the Tinker Toy, Heinemann’s Hot Rod - all nicknames for one fierce attacker - the Douglas A4 Skyhawk. MotoArt and Yanks Air Museum have partnered to bring you A-4 Skyhawk PlaneTags, made with original fuselage skin of BuNo 139960.
The Skyhawk is a carrier-capable light attack bomber, developed for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. 2,960 Skyhawks were built between 1954 and 1979; Only 166 A4D-1 (the initial production version, later redesignated A-4A) were built. Its small, nimble design was not only cost effective, but allowed more Skyhawks to fit onto the smaller aircraft carriers of the era. The subsonic, single-seat, light attack aircraft proved to be a pivotal asset during the Vietnam War; The A-4 delivered some of the first and last airstrikes of the conflict. The Blue Angels flew the Skyhawk between 1974 and 1986, as did many armed forces all over the world. As of 2021, some A-4s remain in active military service.