Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

The Douglas A-4N Skyhawk aircraft is a proven and trusted platform for all mission profiles. The A-4N variant was upgraded extensively in-service, and these single and dual-seat Skyhawks have since been upgraded by Top Aces with modernized IFR, Tactical Air Navigation System, and ESCAPAC ejection seats for maximum operational flexibility and aircrew safety. The aircraft is highly capable of flying air combat training at high transonic and low supersonic speeds.

In 2022, Top Aces upgraded its entire fleet of A-4s with its proprietary and revolutionary Advanced Aggressor Mission System allowing the aircraft to simulate the highly advanced capabilities of latest generation air-to-air combat opponents.

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
Typical A-4 Skyhawk Missions

Day and night Joint Tactical Air Controller (JTAC) training; Weapons Delivery;

Adversary Support and Anti-Shipping Attack Training for Naval Forces;

“Red Air” Adversary Support for Fighter Forces, including large-scale coalition air exercises;

Air-to-Air Gunnery Target Tow; both circular and combat dart missions for Fighter Forces;

Electronic Warfare Training for Naval and Fighter Forces;

Missile Simulation;

(Radar) Profile Simulations;


Night / NVG OPs;

RDT&E: Air Carriage/Captive Carry; EW Simulation; Radar/Sensor Development; Systems Test; Target Launch; Photo/Safety Chase; Air-to-Air Refueling (Day/Night/NVG); Test Pilot School Qualification Evaluations;

Fighter Transition Training - Basic through Advanced.

Aircraft Statistics

- Crew: Single and tandem configuration

- Length: 40.3 ft.

- Normal T/O weight: 19,850 lbs

- Engines: 1 P&W J52 P408 Turbojet

- Speed: 0.9 Mach