``Heinemann's Hot Rod,'' ``Bantam Bomber,'' ``Mighty Midget'' -- these were just a few of the sobriquets applied to the new brainchild of Douglas Aircraft Segundo Division's Chief Engineer Ed Heinemann, when his A-4D-1 (later A-4A) Skyhawk first took to the air in mid-1954. Designed for aircraft carrier operation, the Skyhawk initially weighed only 8,400 lbs. empty, and was so small that no wing-fold was necessary for ship-board stowage. Nevertheless, it could lift more than its own ...

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