A-4 Skyhawks alive and well in the USA

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Whilst the USMC and USN retired their fleets of A-4 Skyhawks many years ago, there are several companies who still fly the Skyhawk, providing adversary flight services to miltary agencies. ATSI (Advanced Training Systems International) are one such company, operating as part of Top Aces USA. Based in Mesa, Arizona, ATSI fly out of Gateway Airport, the former Williams AFB, with a fleet of 10 A-4's, several of which are ex-Israeli.

There are several companies in the USA with fleets of A-4's, but their days must surely be numbered, as the youngest are now 40 years old and the oldest around 55.

Photo: Nigel Howarth

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Kiwiflight (not verified)
on Apr 27, 2014

In 2012 Draken International acquired 8 McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks,9 Aemacchi MB-339's trainers and a significant store of spares from the RNZAF New Zealand. A signifant proportion of booth types are operational training pilots in the US. They will be flying for some years yet!

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