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|Series||:||Naval Fighters Number 55|
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Category Aviation Books, Subcategory US Jet Aircraft, ISBN/Box 0942612558, Series Naval Fighters Number 55, Publisher/Brand Ginter, Author Ginter S., Format a4, No. Pages 121, Version sb, Language English
The last version of the Skyhawk series to be built, the A-4M Skyhawk II, was obviously the most capable. While the original Skyhawks were designed as a lightweight delivery platform for nuclear weapons, the "Mighty Mikes" were refined into the ultimate close air support weapon to protect the "Mud Marines." With the Hughes Angie Rate bombing System installed it was arguably the world's best close air support jet aircraft ever built.
Ironically, the A-4M was the only Skyhawk version, other than the A-4A, to not see combat. The A-4M first entered service in 1971 as the Vietnam War was grinding to a halt and left front line service in February 1990 prior to the Gulf War. However, foreign versions of the A-4M did see combat in the Middle East. These were the Israeli A-4Ns and the Kuwaiti A-4Kus. Marine A-4Ms stayed forward-deployed in Japan throughout their active service life in readiness for a war that never was.
246 B&W PHOTOS, 10 COLOR PHOTOS ON BACK PAGE, 35 PAGES DRAWINGS, 3 PAGES OF MODEL REVIEWS, PLUS SQUADRON PATCHES, HISTORY OF THE SQUADRONS AND THE FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT FLEW THEM.
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