A-4B

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RANK 5 SWEDEN
SAAB J-29D PACK
A-4B
a_4b.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
9.0/8.7/9.0BR
1 personCrew
10.2 tTake-off weight
3.65 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
12 500 mCeiling
Wright J65-W-16AEngine
JetType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1225 km/hStructural
437 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm Browning-Colt Mk12 Mod 3 cannonWeapon 1
200 roundsAmmunition
997 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
18 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombSetup 1
9 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombSetup 2
5 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombSetup 3
1 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombSetup 4
3 x AGM-12B Bullpup rocketsSetup 5
133 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rocketsSetup 6
28 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rocketsSetup 7
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 8
76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 9
76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
5 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 10
16 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 11
16 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
5 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 12
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 13
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
5 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 14
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
3 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 15
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
Setup 16
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x AGM-12B Bullpup rockets
Setup 17
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
57 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 18
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
12 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 19
3 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannonSetup 20
1 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannon
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 21
Economy
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png14 220 / 19 182/9 280 / 12 518/2 800 / 3 777Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 600 Ge icon.pngAces
226 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
390 % Sl icon.png230 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage A-4B.jpg


The A-4B is a rank VI American jet attacker with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/SB) and 8.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 874 865 12 500 37.7 39.0 41.8 39.3 900
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1225 437 615 ___ 410 ~8 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 650 < 700 < 670 N/A

Survivability and armour

The A-4B, designed to be a light-weight attack aircraft was half the weight of the Navy's design spec requirements. This initial weight savings meant that the plane did not have to skimp on pilot protection. Since the primary role of the aircraft is as an attacker, the pilot protection from the front and the underside is critical. From the front, the windshield portion of the canopy contains 50 mm bulletproof glass. Protective armour from the ground or naval based targets comes in the form of a 2.54 mm steel "tub" which the pilot's seat is situated in. The protective shield surrounds the pilot on all four sides (front, back, left and right) and makes up for most of the floor panelling, leaving room for the controls to go through. While the pilot is not invulnerable, the armour will provide a buffer for lighter calibre fire or shrapnel effects from missiles. The pilot does remain vulnerable to fighter aircraft approaching from above the cockpit.

There are three fuel tanks in the aircraft of which the two in the wings are non-self-sealing and pose a fire hazard if they catch on fire, however, the fuel tank situation directly behind the pilot is self-sealing.

  • 50 mm bulletproof glass
  • 2.54 mm Steel-plated "tub"
  • Self-sealing fuel tank behind the pilot
  • Non-self-sealing fuel tanks in the wings

Armaments

Offensive armament

Describe the offensive armament of the aircraft, if any. Describe how effective the cannons and machine guns are in a battle, and also what belts or drums are better to use. If there is no offensive weaponry, delete this subsection.

Suspended armament

Describe the aircraft's suspended armament: additional cannons under the wings, bombs, rockets and torpedoes. This section is especially important for bombers and attackers. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.

Defensive armament

Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available, remove this subsection.

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in the bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".

Pros:

Cons:

History

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single-seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps in the early 1950s. The delta-winged, single turbojet engined Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later by McDonnell Douglas. It was originally designated A4D under the U.S. Navy's pre-1962 designation system.

The Skyhawk is a relatively lightweight aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds (11,100 kg) and has a top speed of more than 670 miles per hour (1,080 km/h). The aircraft's five hardpoints support a variety of missiles, bombs and other munitions. It is capable of carrying a bomb load equivalent to that of a World War II–era Boeing B-17 bomber, and can deliver nuclear weapons using a low-altitude bombing system and a "loft" delivery technique. The A-4 was originally powered by the Wright J65 turbojet engine; from the A-4E onwards, the Pratt & Whitney J52 engine was used.

Skyhawks played key roles in the Vietnam War, the Yom Kippur War, and the Falklands War. Sixty years after the aircraft's first flight in 1954, some of the 2,960 produced (through February 1979) remain in service with the Argentine Air Force and the Brazilian Naval Aviation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_A-4_Skyhawk

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Douglas Aircraft Company
Attackers  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · AD-2 · AD-4
Bombers  A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT · B-18A · BTD-1 · SBD-3 · TBD-1
Turboprop  A2D-1
Jet fighters  F3D-1
Jet attackers  A-4B
Export  ▄AD-4 · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7 · ▄Havoc Mk I

USA jet aircraft
F-4  F-4C Phantom II · F-4E Phantom II
F-80  F-80A-5 · F-80C-10
F-84  F-84B-26 · F-84G-21-RE
F-86  F-86A-5 · F-86F-25 · F-86F-2 · F-86F-35
F-89  F-89B · F-89D
F-104  F-104A · F-104C
F9F  F9F-2 · F9F-5 · F9F-8
FJ-4  FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232
Other  P-59A · F3D-1 · F2H-2 · F3H-2 · F-100D
A-4  A-4B
B-57  B-57A · B-57B