Douglas A4D-3 Skyhawk

Last revised November 16, 2001

The A4D-3 was a 1957 proposal for an all-weather attack version of the Skyhawk powered by an 8500 lb.s.t. Pratt & Whitney J52-P-2 turbojet. Four developmental aircraft were ordered, but the project was cancelled in favor of the A4D-2N, which was a more straightforward all-weather adaptation of the Skyhawk and was hence less expensive.


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